ANNUAL REPORT TOWN OF IPSWICH MMMW* 1 ' £j *# ; *** ^3ST%ML^JLL ^^^ ■«*' % '% fa*<jJlfaM Hk^^tt: *» i^t«tf4A U^^^^K „^^^^ About the Cover: In 1984 the Town of Ipswich celebrated its 350th Anniversary with summer-long activities. Among the events was a spectacular fireworks display. (Photo by Jonathon M. Whitmore /Ipswich Chronicle) Board of Selectmen: Seated: Lawrence J. Pszenny. Standing (1-r): William E. George; David S. Player, Jr., Chairman; Arthur S. LeClair; Edwin H. Damon, Jr. ANNUAL REPORT TOWN OF IPSWICH 1984 TOWN OF IPSWICH MASSACHUSETTS 1984 ANNUAL REPORT TABLE OF CONTENTS Roster of Town Officials and Committees 2 1984 Ipswich High School Graduates 5 April 02, 1984 Annual Town Meeting 6 Operating Budget 8 Board of Sel ectmen 30 Town Manager 30 Assessor' s Office 31 Building Inspector 31 Cemeteries, Parks and Buildings Department 32 Civil Defense 32 Commuter Rail Committee 33 Conservation Commission 34 Dog and Animal Control Officer 34 Fair Housing Committee 35 Fire Department 35 Government Study Commi ttee 36 Hal 1 -Haskel 1 House Commi ttee 36 Harbormaster 36 Heal th Department 37 Historical Commission 38 Housing Authority 39 Industrial Development Commission 40 Ipswich Arts Council 41 L i brary 41 Planning Board 42 Pol i ce Department 43 Public Works Department 43 Recreation-Youth Department 45 School Commi ttee 46 Superintendent of Schools 47 High School 47 Ralph C. Whipple Memorial School 48 Paul F. Doyon Memorial School 49 Winthrop School 49 Department of Special Services 50 350th Anniversary Committee 51 Town Clerk 52 Town Counsel 53 Treasurer-Col 1 ector 53 Veterans' Services 54 Water/Sewer Departments 54 Water Supply Committee 56 Waterways Advisory Committee 56 Zoning Board of Appeals 57 Revenue Sharing/Handicapped Regulations 57 Financial Statement-Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 1984 58 -1- CONSTABLE Peter Dziadose 1984 ROSTER OF TOWN OFFICIALS AND COMMITTEES ELECTED 1985 HOUSING AUTHORITY James E. Carter, Ch Stanley Eustace Walter Ziemlak Sarah S. O'Connor Leland Schoen/State SCHOOL COMMITTEE Marjorie Robie, Ch Margot N. Sherwood Thomas B. Emery Joanne Caccamise Thomas A. Ell iott Judith Mulholland Lawrence E. Seidler TOWN MODERATOR A. James Grimes 1988 1985 1986 1989 1986 1987 1985 1985 1986 1986 1987 1987 1985 FINANCE COMMITTEE E2 Elected At Town Meeting Edward L. Nagus Edward A. Wegzyn Walter J. Pojasek 03 Appointed By Moderator William Craft, Ch Alice Shurcl iff Clarence S. Dupray S Appointed By Selectmen Peter Maistrell is James D. Smyth John Markos E BOARD OF SELECTMEN David S. Player, Jr., Ch William E. George Edwin H. Damon, Jr. Arthur S. LeClair Lawrence J. Pszenny SI ACCOUNTANT Robert H. Leet Ml ASSESSOR Frank J. Ragonese Ml BUILDING INSPECTOR Charles W. Turner Ml CEMETERY/PARKS SUPERINTENDENT James E. Graff urn Ml DOG OFFICER/ANIMAL INSPECTOR Harry W. Leno, Jr. Ml ENGINEER James E. Chase Ml FIRE CHIEF Edwin R. Emerson Ml HARBORMASTER Michael Holland Ml HEALTH AGENT Joseph Giancola Ml LIBRARIAN Eleanor Gaunt APPOINTED ADMINISTRATION Ml POLICE CHIEF 1985 Armand R. Brouillette . Ml PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR 1987 Armand T. Michaud Ml RECREATION DIRECTOR 1985 Elizabeth Dorman Ml SHELLFISH CONSTABLE Philip Kent 6 SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 1985 Richard F. Thompson Ml TOWN CLERK Isabel N. Coulombe Ml TOWN COUNSEL Charles C. Dalton S TOWN MANAGER 1985 George E. Howe SI TREASURER/COLLECTOR 1985 George C. Mourikas Ml DEPUTY COLLECTOR Will iam Handren M BOARD OF ASSESSORS Frank J. Ragonese John Moberger John D. Heaphy APPOINTED BOARDS AND COMMITTEES S CATV COMMITTEE 1987 George E. Howe 1985 Glenn Bayley 1986 -2- 1985 1986 1987 1985 1986 1987 1985 1986 1987 1986 1985 1986 1987 1987 1985 1986 1987 1985 1986 1986 1985 1985 M5 03 Kenneth L. Goodhue, Ch 1985 Gordon C. Player 1986 Nicholas Markos 1987 CIVIL DEFENSE David Clements, Dir 1985 John T. Clogston, Asst 1985 COMMUTER RAIL COMMITTEE Dorcas Rice, Ch 1985 James Berry 1985 Wayne King 1985 Vivian Endicott 1985 Joseph Carl in 1985 Wil 1 iam Varrell 1985 James McC. Hayward 1985 CONSERVATION COMMISSION Lillian V. North, Ch 1987 Costos Tsoutsouris 1985 David Crestin 1985 Nora J. Mitchell 1986 Will iam E. Barton 1986 George E. Hovey 1987 Edward Sukach 1987 COUNCIL ON AGING Winfred Hardy, Ch 1986 Thomas Emery 1985 Charles P. Sheppard 1985 Arthur Goodfellow 1986 Marion Rogers 1986 Gertrude Emery 1987 Helen Drenth 1987 FAIR HOUSING COMMITTEE Natalie Gaynor, Ch 1985 Rev. Merle Pimentel 1985 Thomas L. Moscarillo 1985 Tone Kenney 1985 Sara O'Connor 1985 Stephanie Nagle 1985 Susan Nelson 1985 Nancy Carter 1985 Marion Middlebrooks 1985 GOVERNMENT STUDY COMMITTEE Constance Surpitski, Ch 1985 Douglas Laterowicz 1985 Steven A. Walsh 1985 HALL-HASKELL HOUSE COMMITTEE Vivian Endicott 1985 Terry Stevens 1985 Helen M. Burr 1985 Alice Keenan 1985 Cathleen R. McGinley 1985 M BOARD OF HEALTH Constance Surpitski, Ch Kenneth L. Zinn, M.D. David Carleton M5 HISTORICAL COMMISSION Mary P. Conley, Ch Lovell Thompson Alice Keenan Ruthanne Rogers George R. Mathey Faith Bryan Barbara Emberly 1986 1985 1987 1985 1985 1985 1986 1987 1987 1987 M INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION Paul R. Beswick, Ch 1988 Bruce F. Paul 1985 Philip Lang 1985 Stephen L. Dietch 1986 Warren P. Russo 1987 James M. Nelson 1987 S INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT FINANCING AUTHORITY George E. Howe, Ch 1986 Loretta Dietch 1985 James C. Lahar 1987 F. Dale Vincent, Jr. 1988 Richard Emery 1989 IPSWICH ARTS COUNCIL Janet T. Craft Marion W. Swan Bette L. Siegel Peter M. Juntunen Jane E. Reiman Helen Eames Charles Dort Barbara King Barbara J. Waitt LIBRARY TRUSTEES Crocker Snow, Sr., Ch Phyllis E. Bruce Kathryn G. Klinger Virginia Jackson Harris Smith Louise Sweetser Hubert Johnson Steven Brody Al ice Keenan PLANNING BOARD Barbara F. Ostberg, Ch James M. Warner Albert Harkness, III Patrick J. McNally Wayne C. King 1986 1985 1985 1985 1985 1985 1985 1986 1986 1986 1985 1985 1985 1986 1986 1987 1987 1987 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 -3- M RECREATION COMMISSION Kenneth Spellman, Ch Timothy Bishop Linda M. Murphy Charles Surpitski Mark J. Perrone Douglas Woodworth Barry W. Hopping S REGISTRARS OF VOTERS Marion Middlebrooks John Kobos Boley Radzinski Ml Isobel N. Coulombe, Clerk S SHELLFISH ADVISORY BOARD Warren Jepson, Ch Joanne D. Soffron Alice H. Thanos Andrew Gianakakis Forrest W. MacGilvary Thomas Dorman Robert Kneel and Will iam A. Grover Anthony Christopher S TRUST FUND COMMISSIONERS Elton McCausland, Ch Peter Owsiak Sturgis P. Papagiotis S WATER SUPPLY COMMITTEE James Engel , Ch Robert Comeau Scott Greeley Robert 0. Butcher Gerald Pristman S WATERWAYS ADVISORY COMMITTEE George C. Scott, Jr., Ch Jane Rieman Will iam A. Barton Marc C. Silverman Warren P. Russo Charles J. Orrell S ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS James Theodosopoulos, Ch Daniel B. Lunt, Jr. Mary E. Fosdick Allen G. Swan William J. Murphy John R. Verani, Alt Jeffrey Simon, Alt M BELL RINGER Stanley Eustace M GAS INSPECTOR A.N.D. Hyde M INSECT PEST CONTROL SUPERINTENDENT 1985 Armand T. Michaud 1985 1985 1986 M PARKING CLERK 1986 Wil 1 iam Handren 1985 1987 1987 M PLUMBING INSPECTOR 1988 A.N.D. Hyde M ALTERNATE PLUMBING INSPECTOR C.S. 1985 David W. French C.S. 1986 1987 M SEALER OF WEIGHTS & MEASURES 1987 Normand J. Bedard M WIRING INSPECTOR 1985 1985 Raymond Budzianowski 1985 1985 1985 S 350th ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE 1985 Joseph W. Carpenter, Ch 1985 1985 Boley Radzinski 1985 1985 Anne Marchand 1985 1985 Larry Pszenny 1985 1985 Evelyn Pszenny 1985 1985 Jaye 0. Clark 1985 Elizabeth Newton 1985 Mary P. Con ley 1985 1986 Elizabeth Dorman 1985 1985 Alice Keenan 1985 1987 Nancy Parker 1985 Donald Gaspar 1985 Linda Murphy 1985 1985 Arthur S. LeClair 1985 1985 Shirley Dupray 1985 1985 Charlotte Dodge 1985 1985 Elizabeth Kilcoyne 1985 1985 Kenneth Richards 1985 Frances Richards 1985 GerryAnn Brown 1985 1985 David Carleton 1985 1985 Vivian Endicott 1985 1985 Edwin Emerson 1985 1985 Alice Moseley 1985 1985 Ann Reynolds 1985 1985 Al Howes 1985 Norman Stone, Jr. 1985 Joe Gajewski 1985 1987 Dorothy Brigham 1985 1985 Tom Emery 1985 1986 Herb Tougas 1985 1988 Janet Mackay-Smith 1985 1989 Armand Michaud 1985 1985 James Graffum 1985 1985 Donald Stone 1985 Pierre Doucet 1985 Bonnie Graves 1985 1985 Debi Johnson 1985 Glenn Boutchie' (Essex Rep.) 1985 C.S. (Legend on Following Page) -4- Appointment Legend E Elected S Appointed By Board of Selectmen M Appointed By Town Manager Other 1 Supervised By Town Manager 2 Elected At Town Meeting 3 Appointed By Moderator 4 General Laws 5 Confirmed By Board of Selectmen 6 Appointed By School Committee 1984 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES Kimberley Abbott Eileen Marie Adams Erik R. Amundsen Kelly Anderson Lisa Marie Andrews Shannon Barnhart Thomas Beedle S. Michael Bennett T. Scott Best Susan Jane Bolognese Linda Borgatti Dana Ralph Bracey Mark Brasier Lisa Brouillette Nancy M. Brown Kevin Burek Deirdre Burke Stacey Dianne Butters Joseph Carpenter Constance Ann Chi Ids Kristian William Clapp Gary A. Coll urn Theodore W. Cooke Jeffrey Coughlin James Couturier Brenda Mary Crawford Elizabeth A. Darnell Matthew Davidson Jeffrey Dolan Kathleen Ann Donaher Trevor J. Drinkwater Thomas A. Ercoline, III Joanne Margaret Erickson David H. Ewing Daniel F. Finkenthal Stephanie L. Fisher Lorraine Mae Fowler Brian Gagnon Kathleen A. Gagnon James Goguen Jonathan Hannibal William G. Hayes Andrew G. Hill Jessica L. Hopkins Britt A. Hultgren Katrin Drew Hultgren Lisa A. Huntley Linda Susan Jellison Kenneth M. Jewell Heather Kauffman Diane Kavanaugh Dawn Michel le Kelley Genevieve Kimbal 1 Michael Kisiel Mel issa Sue Kleiner Christine Knowlton Christopher D. Landrum Jennifer Ann Leamy Maryanne Katherine Lees Robert A. Leet Julie M. Leonard Patricia Eileen Linehan Elizabeth Logan Kristin Lombard Sharyl Spring Lynn Gail Marcorelle Vincent J. Marini Laurie J. Martin Robert D. Martineau Vincent Martineau David Mastrangelo Elish M. McDonnell Louisa H. McGarty Amy Beth McGrath Lesl ie A. McLaughl in John M. McTighe Giselle G. Middlebrooks Leslie Judith Morison Alex. B.C. Mulholland, III Deborah E. Muller Nicole Marie Muise Matthew A. Naimie Sidney Scott Noe Mark P. O'Connor Edwin S. Ogiba, Jr. Timothy G. Pappas -5- Christine J. Parady Mary-Jean Paulitz Wendy Maria Pierce Robert S. Price, Jr. Edward B. Rauscher William E. Reynolds, Jr. Jonathan Rice Amy Richard Marc P. Rogers Barbara Ann Rosato Caren J. Rousseau William E. Rousseau, Jr.' Daniel B. Rowland Charles Santiago Mie Sato Eva Marie Schofield Heidi Michele Schwartz David Siegel William Siegel Eric Robert Sklarz Michael Smolak Steven Somers Jessica Elise Soucy David F. Spencer Russell P. Spencer Joseph E. Stasiuk Patricia Alice Stevens Debra Star Stone Scott Allen Stone Janet Strok David C. Sturtevant Stephen William Thompson Phil ip Tremblay Emily Sull i van Paulette Monique Valcour Jennifer Varrel 1 Cynthia Anne Walsh Eileen C. Whooley Rande Robert Wile Enoch F. Will ard Kimberly Ann Wilson Brian Winter ANNUAL TOWN MEETING Ipswich High School April 02, 1984 ESSEX, ss To the Constable of the Town of Ipswich in said County, GREETINGS: In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are hereby directed to no- tify the inhabitants of the Town of Ipswich, qualified to vote in Town affairs, to meet at the Ipswich High School, in said Ipswich on MONDAY, THE SECOND DAY OF APRIL, 1984 at 7:30 o'clock in the evening, then and there to act on the following articles, viz: A quorum of 346 was not present at 7:30 p.m. and it was moved, seconded and voted to postpone the start of the Meeting for 15 minutes. A quorum was reached at 7:50 p.m. and the Moderator called the Meeting to order. The Pledge of Alle- giance to the Flag was led by Superintendent of Schools Richard Thompson. The final count was 551 . Tellers appointed by the Moderator were: Nancy Carter, Melissa Kleiner, Raymond Barrows, Stephanie Nagle, John Hansbury, and Leslie McLaughlin. It was moved, seconded and voted to allow non-voters in to watch the proceedings. ARTICLE 1 To fix the salary and compensation of all elected Town Officers. Chairman of the Board of Selectmen David S. Player, Jr. moved that the salary and compensation of all elected Town Officers be fixed as presented in the budget. Seconded. Unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 2 To choose the following officers, viz: Constable for one (1) year; Moderator for one (1) year; Two (2) Selectmen for three (3) years; Three (3) Members of the School Committee for three (3) years; One (1) Member of the Housing Authority for five (5) years; one (1) Member of the Housing Authority for four (4) years; and one (1) Member of the Housing Authority for two (2) years. The above officers to be voted on one ballot at their respective polling places as follows: Precinct 1 Agawam Village, County Road; Precinct 2 Winthrop School, Central Street; Princint 3 Ipswich High School, High Street; Precinct 4 Ipswich Housing Authority Recreation Hall, Caroline Avenue; on Monday April 09, 1984. The polls shall open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.; or to take any other action relative thereto. Selectman William E. George moved that the Town choose the following officers, viz: Constable for one (1) year; Moderator for one (1) year; Two (2) Selectmen for three (3) years; Three (3) Members of the School Committee for three (3) years; One (1) Member of the Housing Authority for five (5) years; one (1) Member of the Housing Authority for four (4) years; and one (1) Member of the Housing Authority for two (2) years. The above officers to be voted on one ballot at their respective polling places as follows: Precinct 1 Agawam Village, County Road; Precinct 2 Winthrop School, Central Street; Princint 3 Ipswich High School, High Street; Precinct 4 Ipswich Housing Authority Recreation Hall, Caroline Avenue; on Monday April 09, 1984. The polls shall open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. Seconded. Unanimous voice vote. -6- ARTICLE 3 To see if the Town will vote by official ballot on Monday, April 09, 1984 to accept the provisions of Section 11A of Chapter 32B of the General Laws, as amended, to purchase additional group life and group accidental death and dismem- berment insurance for employees with no premium contribution by the Town; or to take any other action relative thereto. Selectman Edwin H. Damon, Jr. moved that the Town vote by official ballot on Monday, April 09, 1984 to accept the provisions of Section 11A of Chapter 32B of the General Laws, by placing on said Official Ballot the following question: "Shall the Town purchase additional group life and group accidental death and dismemberment insurance for employees in accordance with the provisions of Chap- ter 32B of the General Laws with no premium contribution by the Town?" Seconded Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee recommended. Unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 4 To choose one (1) Member of the Finance Committee for three (3) years. Mr. Player nominated Walter Pojasek to serve on the Finance Committee for three (3) years. Seconded. Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee recommended, with both boards commending Mr. Pojasek for being fair and progressive, and doing a good job. Unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 5 To hear and act upon the report of the Finance Committee relative to the munici- pal budget and to raise, appropriate, and transfer money for the ensuing year, including the compensation of elected Town Officers, and to authorize the expen- diture of a sum of monies from the Federal General Revenue Sharing account for the aforementioned purposes; or to take any other action relative thereto. Finance Committee Chairman William Craft moved that the Town raise and appropri- ate the sum of $4,335,003 for the purposes indicated in the operating budget: For the Operating Budget (see detail) $4,335,003 Transfer from Available Funds: Surplus Revenue (Free Cash) 105,102 Sewer Unreserved Fund Balance 90,648 Sewer Reserved Retained Earnings 150,190 Sewer Betterment Receipts 23,300 Water Pollution Control and Chemicals 8,968 Library Aid 5,579 County Dog Fund 1,122 Cemetery Perpetual Care 7,137 Cemetery Flower Fund 3,115 Overlay Surplus to Reserve Fund 45,000 Transfer from Revenue Sharing: Sanitation Contract 188,500 Highway - Surface Treatment 85,450 Available Funds and Revenue Sharing: 714,111 Net To Be Raised and Assessed $3,620,892 -7- OPERATING BUDGET GENERAL GOVERNMENT FY84 FY85 FY82 FY83 Appro- Recom- Expended Expended priated mended 003 SELECTMEN: Salaries & Wages $ 6,869 $ 10,315 $ 10,946 $ 13,855 Expenses 1,774 1,609 2,093 2,320 Total 8,643 11,924 13,039 16,175 005 TOWN MANAGER: Salaries & Wages 57,570 62,186 67,322 74,453 Expenses 13,160 13,204 14,236 15,372 Labor Consultants 6,624 7,894 5,000 5,000 Capital Outlay 60 8,883 3,500 Total 77,354 83,344 95,441 98,325 009 MODERATOR: Salary 100 100 100 100 Expenses 10 10 10 Total 100 110 110 110 Oil FINANCE COMMITTEE: Salaries & Wages 50 50 Expenses 1,726 1,517 2,650 2,650 Total 1,726 1,517 2,700 2,700 015 ELECTIONS & REGISTRATION: Salaries & Wages 5,712 11,214 10,471 16,823 Expenses 3,684 3,874 4,300 4,100 Total 9,396 15,088 14,771 20,923 025 ACCOUNTANT: Salaries & Wages 55,556 60,269 65,083 68,164 Expenses 3,000 7,854 10,400 18,070 Total 58,556 68,123 75,483 86,234 029 ASSESSORS: Salaries & Wages 51,057 55,216 59,575 64,165 Expenses 7,986 8,789 6,755 7,470 Capital Outlay 150 120 600 Total 59,193 64,004 66,450 72,235 033 TREASURER/COLLECTOR: Salaries & Wages 51,111 70,260 77,691 84,184 Expenses 10,483 11,781 17,691 15,055 Capital Outlay 4,582 Total 76,176 82,041 95,382 99,239 039 TOWN CLERK: Salaries & Wages 27,303 27,159 30,911 33,306 Expenses 1,596 1,248 1,495 2,290 Capital Outlay 1,317 2,550 Total 28,899 28,407 33,723 38,146 045 LEGAL DEPARTMENT: Salaries & Wages 9,074 9,074 9,074 10,000 Town Counsel -Litigation 12,185 15,038 11,000 16,000 -8- 1,779 23,038 980 25,092 1,084 21,158 1,124 27,124 520 245 765 485 263 748 550 316 866 770 205 975 593 247 1,200 241 1,200 475 1,500 800 7,724 8,564 1,000 2,441 1,000 1,000 3,675 10,000 12,300 10,521 18,057 28,578 12,524 20,303 6,645 39,472 13,816 13,185 7,225 34,226 13,983 14,805 8,635 1,550 38,973 Expenses Total 061 APPEALS BOARD: Salaries & Wages Expenses Total 063 PLANNING BOARD: Salaries & Wages Expenses Planning Consultants: Reimbursable General Total 065 TOWN HALL & ANNEX: Salaries & Wages Expenses Energy Suppl ies Capital Outlay Total TOTAL GENERAL GOVERNMENT: 380,988 422,301 457,024 513,459 101 POLICE DEPARTMENT: Salaries & Wages Chief Base Sergeants Base Patrolmen Base Incentive Hoi iday Overtime Shift Differential Court Fees Other Salaries Uniform Payments Total Salaries Expenses Energy Supplies Capital Outlay Total 103 FIRE DEPARTMENT: Salaries & Wages Chief Base Lieutenants Base • Firefighters Base Overtime Call Capt (1) & Call Lieut Call Operators (8) Call Men (32) Acting Officers Incentive & Differential Hoi iday Uniform Payments PUBLIC SAFETY 29,508 31,593 33,782 78,280 61,532 85,462 258,139 292,037 298,128 39,820 47,806 48,594 18,928 18,769 20,365 15,528 14,174 18,925 6,351 6,543 7,212 9,230 10,285 12,450 19,969 17,600 32,786 8,000 8,000 475,753 508,339 565,704 595,108 69,069 17,606 18,590 18,673 24,024 19,380 19,310 3,359 27,551 11,043 15,012 548,181 577,520 614,717 648,103 25,457 27,239 29,146 70,097 75,912 82,900 170,960 192,815 212,515 19,590 13,376 19,000 3) 3,917 4,300 4,100 3,162 2,492 800 22,500 22,610 28,800 750 1,770 2,777 2,250 11,932 13,047 14,544 4,673 4,500 -9- Total Salaries 329,385 359,241 399,305 402,123 Training 5,275 1,300 Expenses 34,173 34,759 23,154 32,345 Energy Suppl ies 3,055 6,885 7,850 Fire Alarm Box Decommissioning 3,000 Capital Outlay 10,912 6,740 14,595 27,987 Total 374,470 403,795 449,214 474,605 109 FORESTRY: Salaries & Wages 42,229 46,723 51,696 53,307 Expenss 31,280 15,245 18,012 19,719 Energy Suppl ies 4,134 4,619 3,930 Capital Outlay 915 4,009 1,000 2,500 Total 74,424 70,111 75,327 79,456 111 HARBORS: Salaries 3,877 4,000 11,300 Expenses 2,578 2,240 4,262 Energy Suppl ies 1,098 171 675 Capital Outlay 800 Total 7,553 6,411 17,037 112 SHELLFISH: Salaries & Wages 20,282 19,644 25,420 25,932 Expenses 6,553 3,893 4,295 3,870 Consultants 1,000 Energy Suppl ies 1,099 1,705 1,060 Capital Outlay 1,988 1,500 9,500 Total 28,823 24,636 32,920 41,362 113 BUILDING INSPECTOR: Salaries & Wages 19,143 20,975 20,197 25,679 Expenses 1,607 1,554 1,875 2,820 Capital Outlay 350 Total 20,750 22,529 22,072 28,849 131 CIVIL DEFENSE: Salaries & Wages 2,400 2,400 2,400 2,400 Expenses 1,585 864 1,560 1,650 Energy Suppl ies 100 100 Capital Outlay 750 Total 3,985 3,264 4,810 4,150 133 ANIMAL CONTROL: Salaries & Wages 12,000 12,840 13,739 14,600 Expenses 3,173 2,340 2,533 2,666 Energy Suppl ies 1,019 890 890 Capital Outlay 1,880 Total 15,173 16,199 17,162 20,036 TOTAL PUBLIC SAFETY: 1,065,806 PUBLIC WORKS 1,125,607 1,222,633 1,313,598 301 ADMINISTRATION: Salaries & Wages 33,951 36,328 38,865 41,296 Expenses 1,422 1,434 1,660 ' 1,937 Total 35,373 37,762 40,525 43,233 -10- 102,232 110,734 121,817 128,174 168,530 184,637 130,457 154,457 125,000 125,000 2,193 2,797 32,353 57,973 272,955 298,168 409,627 465,604 25,691 17,052 15,000 15,000 52,927 33,346 39,875 39,875 5,670 3,500 3,500 18,823 14,855 12,000 12,000 97,441 70,923 70,375 70,375 16,274 18,551 20,573 21,518 35,726 33,486 30,320 30,470 10,050 15,584 13,888 1,500 2,700 15,000 53,500 62,087 69,177 80,876 303 HIGHWAY DIVISION: Salaries & Wages Expenses Road Treatment Capital Outlay Total 305 SNOW & ICE CONTROL: Salaries & Wages Expenses Energy Supplies Rental Total 309 EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE: Salaries & Wages Expenses Energy Supplies Capital Outlay Total TOTAL PUBLIC WORKS: 459,269 468,940 589,704 660,088 SANITATION 403 SANITATION CONTRACT: Sanitation Composite Contract Spring & Fall Cleaning Total 409 SEWER: Salaries & Wages Expenses Energy Suppl ies Capital Outlay Total TOTAL SANITATION: 473,038 487,515 519,044 569,091 OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES 481 HISTORICAL COMMISSION: 220,000 237,000 237,000 260,500 8,000 8,000 8,000 8,000 228,000 245,000 245,000 268,500 93,327 120,397 133,310 140,227 149,206 110,963 125,905 147,976 9,445 13,289 10,388 2,505 1,710 1,540 2,000 245,038 242,515 274,044 300,591 Expenses 100 137 500 600 Total 100 137 500 600 CONSERVATION COMMISSION: Salaries & Wages 258 916 1,000 1,000 Expenses 310 504 870 810 Capital Outlay 488 694 1,000 1,300 Total 1,056 2,114 2,870 3,110 TOTAL OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES 1,156 2,251 3,370 3,710 HUMAN SERVICES 501 HEALTH: Salaries & Wages 35,466 34,096 35,042 41,451 Expenses 45,979 56,596 71,628 73,551 Total 81,445 90,692 106,670 115,002 -11- 531 COUNCIL ON AGING: Salaries & Wages Expenses Total 551 VETERANS BENEFITS: Expenses Total 571 CEMETERIES & GROUNDS Salaries & Wages Expenses Energy Suppl ies Capital Outlay Total TOTAL HUMAN SERVICES: 72 3,415 3,640 3,920 8,611 7,799 11,639 12,514 8,683 11,214 15,279 16,434 82,255 89,465 100,500 104,500 82,255 89,465 100,500 104,500 100,921 116,902 128,716 135,192 32,175 16,261 20,231 20,387 7,852 9,631 9,930 6,265 1,252 11,300 13,620 139,361 142,267 169,878 179,129 311,744 333,638 392,327 415,323 CULTURE & RECREATION 601 LIBRARY: Salaries & Wages Expenss Energy Supples Capital Outlay Total 621 RECREATION & YOUTH SERVICES: Salaries & Wages Expenses Energy Suppl ies Capital Outlay Total TOTAL CULTURE & RECREATION: 80,480 91,670 101,690 106,919 37,705 37,405 39,378 42,275 2,589 2,634 2,800 65 6,107 5,180 3,660 118,250 137,771 148,882 155,654 26,126 29,668 35,513 40,588 13,853 14,431 17,599 16,904 858 682 1,075 375 375 39,979 44,957 54,169 58,942 158,229 182,728 203,051 214,596 069 INSURANCE: Unemployment Motor Vehicle Workmen's Compensation Package Insurance Public Official Bonds Legal Liability Total 069 BENEFITS: Military Svc. Credits County Retirement System Health & Life Total 701 DEBT SERVICE: Payment of Interest Payment of Principal Total UNCLASSIFIED 15 2,000 12,618 14,333 14,652 28,984 32,909 37,048 21,128 20,404 23,219 736 738 812 5,642 5,925 69,108 68,399 83,656 16,502 10,145 17,857 275,512 387,769 274,055 175,452 137,941 79,006 467,466 535,855 370,918 45,831 32,533 23,136 266,500 282,871 133,500 312,331 214,404 156,636 85,115 383,159 106,122 -12- 3,626 4,160 3,900 33,687 45,000 45,000 10,826 10,000 10,000 10,659 10,700 12,100 877,456 681,070' 645,396 069 OFFICE EQUIPMENT: 3,729 013 RESERVE FUND: (See Schedule) 22,566 701 INTEREST ON TAX ANTICIPATION NOTES: 3,790 069 POSTAGE: 9,000 TOTAL UNCLASSIFIED: 887,900 TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET: $3,738,220 $3,900,436 $4,068,223 $4,335,003 Seconded. Finance Committee recommended, Board of Selectmen unanimously recom- mended. Unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 6 To hear and act upon the report of the Finance Committee and the School Committee relative to the School Department budget and to raise, appropriate, and transfer money for the ensuing year's operations; or to take any other action relative thereto. Chairman of the School Committee Marjorie Robie moved that the sum of $5,070,000 be raised and appropriated for the School Department Budget: For the School Department Budget $5,070,000 Transfer From Available Funds: Feoffees of the Grammar School 2,500 Net To Be Raised and Assessed $5,067,500 Seconded. Superintendent Thompson gave a brief report on the state of the School Department. Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee recommended. Unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 7 To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of money to cover the Town's share of the annual operating and debt service expenses of the Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School District; or to take any other action relative thereto. Selectman Arthur S. LeClair moved that the Town vote to approve, raise and appro- priate in accordance with Chapter 71, Section 16B, the sum of $90,208.00 to cover the Town's share of the annual operating expenses of the Whittier Regional Voca- tional Technical High School District, and that the Town vote to approve the operating budget for the fiscal year 1985 for the Whittier District in the amount of $7,032,349.00. Seconded. Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee recommended. Unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 8 To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of money for the cur- rent expenses of the Water Division, same to be paid for by revenues of the Water Division during FY85, and to transfer a sum of money from the surplus account to Water, Plant and Investment and to change the purpose for the remaining balance in the Seaview Road water main construction account to general water main con- struction and replacement; or to take any other action relative thereto. Mr. George moved that the Town vote (1) to raise and appropriate the sum of $300,557 for the current expenses of the Water Division, the same to be paid for by revenues of the Water Division during FY85; (2) to transfer the sum of $43,960 -13- from the Water Surplus Account to the Water Plant and Investment Account; and (3) to change the purpose of the remaining $9,840.34 balance in the Seaview Road Water Main Account to "General Water Main Construction and Replacement". Sec- onded. Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee recommended. Ronald Hamlin of 16 Seaview Road, who had registered too late to vote, asked to speak. It was so moved, seconded, and voted. He said that he had been told by the Board of Select- men that there would be a final resurfacing of Seaview Road; the Town Manager in- formed him that that is still to be done. Motion carried on a unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 9 To see if the Town will vote: (1) To raise and appropriate a sum of money and/or transfer from available funds a sum of money to pay unpaid bills incurred in pre- vious years and remaining unpaid; (2) To raise and appropriate a sum of money and/or transfer from available funds a sum of money to pay unpaid bills incurred by the Library during the current year; and (3) To raise and appropriate a sum of money and/or to appropriate a sum of money from the Water Division surplus account to pay any Water Division unpaid bills incurred in previous years and remaining unpaid; or to take any other action relative thereto. Mr. LeClair moved that the Town vote (1) to transfer from free cash the sum of $2,534.73 to pay unpaid bills incurred in previous years and remaining unpaid, viz: Zoning Board of Appeals North Shore Weeklies $ 9.50 Harbormaster John Costoplus 131.25 Russell Grant 100.00 Fire Department Donahue Motor Co. 11.62 Town Hal 1 Electric Department 328.55 Water & Sewer Depatments 30.84 School Department Holt, Rinehart and Winston 27.52 Savin Corp. 100.00 Stones Journal 223.25 Loom 'N Shuttle 4.79 Morgan, Brown & Joy 786.00 Carlene Barous 200.00 American Assn. of School Admin. 47.50 J.L. Hammett Company 14.45 Media for Education 16.95 NEMMCC0 129.75 Shellfish Department Paul's Auto & Truck Repair 39.00 Treasurer/Col lector Rowley Printing 333.76 GENERAL FUND SUBTOTAL $ 2,534.73; (2) to transfer from the Library Trust Fund the sum of $19,000 to pay unpaid bills incurred earlier this year and remaining unpaid, viz: Library Department Anderson; Notter; Finegold Architects $19,000.00; and (3) to transfer from Sewer Unreserved Fund Balance the sum of $9,917.15 to pay unpaid Sewer Division bills incurred in previous years and remaining unpaid, viz: Sewer Division Electric Department $ 9,903.07 Essex Office Associates 14.08. -14- Seconded. Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee recommended. Richard Ingram of Manning Street asked for clarification of the Library Funds; Town Counsel gave a brief history. A four-fifths vote was necesary; the voice vote was inconclusive; on the hand count, the motion passed 479-3. ARTICLE 10 To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of money and/or to transfer a sum of money from available funds or from the Federal General Revenue Sharing Account to fund supplements to the Town and School operating budgets for FY84; or to take any other action relative thereto. Mr. Damon moved that the Town vote (1) to transfer from Free Cash the sum of $78,327 to fund supplements to the FY84 Town and School Operating Budgets, viz: Miscellaneous Finance Health Insurance $30,686 Workmen's Compensation Insurance 11,285 Building Inspector Salaries and Wages 3,500 Highway Department Salaries and Wages 700 Council on Aging Expenses 600 Assessing Expenses 2,000 School Department 29,556; and (2) to transfer from Sewer Unreserved Fund Balance the sum of $28,490 to fund supplements to the FY84 Sewer Division Budget, viz: Sewer Division Salaries and Wages $ 2,225 Expenses 26,265. Seconded. Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee recommended. Unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 11 To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to borrow money from time to time, in anticipation of the rev- enue for the financial year beginning July 01, 1984, and ending June 30, 1985, in accordance with the provisions of the General Laws, Chapter 44, Section 4, as amended, and to renew any note or notes as may be given for a period of less than one year, in accordance with the provisions of the General Laws, Chapter 44, Sec- tion 17, as amended; or to take any other action relative thereto. Mr. Player moved that the Town vote to authorize the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to borrow money from time to time, in anticipation of the revenue for the financial year beginning July 01, 1984, and ending June 30, 1985, in accordance with the provisions of the General Laws, Chapter 44, Section 4, as amended, and to renew any note or notes as may be given for a period of less than one year, in accordance with the provisions of the General Laws, Chap- ter 44/ Section 17, as amended. Seconded. Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee recommended. Unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 12 To see what action the Town will take in regard to the transfer of any surplus funds in the Electric Light Department. Mr. Pszenny moved that the Town vote to transfer the sum of $88,038 from the Sur- plus Account in the Electric Light Department for the purpose of reducing taxes. -15- Seconded. Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee recommended. Unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 13 To see if the Town will vote, pursuant to Chapter 53, Section 18A of the General Laws to place the following nonbinding public opinion advisory question on the ballot for the next regular municipal election: "Are you in favor of permitting the construction and operation of a MacDonald's type restaurant with take-out window service on High Street in a Highway Business Zone District?"; or to take any other action relative thereto. (By Petition) Mr. LeClair moved that the Town vote, pursuant to Chapter 53, Section 18A of the General Laws to place the following nonbinding public opinion advisory question on the ballot for the next regular municipal election: "Are you in favor of per- mitting the construction and operation of a MacDonald's type restaurant with take- out window service on High Street in a Highway Business Zone District?". Sec- onded. The Board of Selectmen felt this issue should be put on the ballot so that the people can let the Planning and Zoning Appeals Boards know their feel- ings. Finance Committee recommended. Lawrence Morse spoke against the motion; Edwin Smith, who authored the petition, and Clarence Dupray spoke in favor. Question was moved, seconded, so voted. The voice vote was inconclusive on the main motion; the hand count was 361 in favor, 143 against. ARTICLE 14 To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of money for the pur- pose of promotion of the Town of Ipswich, an equal sum of money to be made avail- able for said purposes from the Chamber of Commerce; or to take any other action relative thereto. Mr. George moved that the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,000 for the purpose of promotion of the Town of Ipswich, an equal sum of money to be made available for said purposes from the Chamber of Commerce. Seconded. Stephanie Nagle spoke for the Chamber. Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee recommended. Unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 15 To see if the Town will vote: (1) to raise and appropriate a sum of money for the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges under Chapter 90 of the General Laws, as amended; (2) To authorize the Board of Selectmen to apply for, to accept, and expend any Federal and/or State grants which may be available for the aforementioned purposes; and (3) To authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire such easements and/or other interest(s) as may be necessary to effectuate said construction and maintenance by purchase, gift, lease, eminent domain, or otherwise; or to take any other action relative thereto. Mr. Damon moved that the Town vote: (1) to raise and appropriate the sum of $65,500 for the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges under Chapter 90 of the General Laws, as amended; (2) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to apply for, to accept, and expend any Federal and/or State grants which may be available for the aforementioned purposes; and (3) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire such easements and/or other interest(s) as may be necessary to effectuate said construction and maintenance by purchase, gift, lease, eminent domain or otherwise. Seconded. This money will be used to straighten another section of Linebrook Road. Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee recommended. Edward Greenburg felt that High Street needed repairing more than Linebrook; the Manager assured him it was scheduled to be done. A two-thirds vote was needed because of eminent domain; the voice vote was unanimous. -16- ARTICLE 16 To see if the Town will vote: (1) to raise and appropriate or to transfer from available funds a sum of money to engage engineering services and to acquire any related materiel and/or services for the repair of town-owned and maintained bridges; (2) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to apply for, to accept, and expend any Federal and/or State grants which may be available for the aforemen- tioned purposes; and (3) To authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire such ease- ments and/or other interest(s) as may be necessary to effectuate said repairs, by the purchase, by gift, by lease, eminent domain, or otherwise; or to take any other action relative thereto. Mr. Player moved that the Town vote (1) to appropriate the sum of $39,084.00 of which $34,429.61 shall be raised by taxes, and to transfer from accounts 302-921 and 900-015 the sums of $1,553.80 and $3,100.53, respectively, to engage engineer- ing services and to acquire any related materiel and/or services for the repair of town-owned and maintained bridges; (2) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to apply for, to accept, and expend any Federal and/or State grants which may be available for the aforementioned purposes; and (3) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire such easements and/or other interest(s) as may be necesary to effectuate said repairs, by the purchase, by gift, by lease, eminent domain, or otherwise. Seconded. This money will pay for Ipswich's share of the Winthrop Bridge repairs. Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee recommended. Because of eminent domain, a two-thirds vote was necessary; the motion passed on a unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 17 To hear and act upon reports of the committees, and to continue such committees as the Town may vote to continue. Mrs. Mary Conley moved that the report of the Historic District Study Committee be accepted and the Committee continued. Seconded. Unanimous voice vote. Mrs. Dorcas Rice moved that the Commuter Rail Committee report be accepted and the Committee continued. Seconded. Unanimous voice vote. Mrs. Vivian Endicott moved that the report of the Hall -Haskell House Committee be be accepted and the Committee continued. Seconded. Unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 18 To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, or to transfer from avail- able funds or from the Federal General Revenue Sharing Account, a sum of money to be placed in the Special Fund for the celebrating of the 350th Anniversary of the incorporation of the Town of Ipswich; or to take any other action relative thereto. Mr. Pszenny moved that the Town vote to transfer from the Federal General Revenue Sharing Account the sum of $31,250 to be placed in the Special Fund for the cele- brating of the 350th Anniversary of the incorporation of the Town of Ipswich. Seconded. The Committee has realized $6,500 from contributions and the sale of t-shir'ts, medallions, etc., and hopes to be able to return some money to the Town, Chairman of the 350th Committee Joseph Carpenter gave a progress report. Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee recommended. Unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 19 To see if the Town will vote: (1) To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Ipswich "SECTION X ADMINISTRATION", subsection "H. Special Permits", third paragraph, by deleting the same in its entirety and by substituting in lieu thereof the following third paragraph: -17- "Except with respect to the removal of sand, gravel or loam, in accordance with the provisions of Section 9 of Chapter 40A of the General Laws, a special permit granted under this By-Law shall lapse within two years of the date of approval if a substantial use thereof has not sooner commenced except for good cause or in the case of permit for construction if construction has not begun by such date except for good cause. A special permit granted under this By-Law for the remov- al of sand, gravel or loam shall lapse within one year of the date of approval if a substantial use thereof has not sooner commenced, except for good cause."; and (2) To repeal General By-Laws Chapter XIV, "Section 3. Removal of Earth" in its entirety; or to take any other action relative thereto. Planning Board Chairman James Warner moved that the Town vote: (1) To amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Ipswich "SECTION X ADMINISTRATION", sub- section "H. Special Permits", third paragraph, by deleting the same in its entirety and by substituting in lieu thereof the following third paragraph: "Except with respect to the removal of sand, gravel or loam, in accordance with the provisions of Section 9 of Chapter 40A of the General Laws, a special permit granted under this By-Law shall lapse within two years of the date of approval if a substantial use thereof has not sooner commenced except for good cause or in the case of permit for construction if construction has not begun by such date except for good cause. A special permit granted under this By-Law for the removal of sand, gravel or loam shall lapse within one year of the date of approval if a substantial use thereof has not sooner commenced, except for good cause."; and (2) To repeal General By-Laws Chapter XIV, "Section 3. Removal of Earth" in its entirety. Seconded. The Town Manager explained the motion, stat- ing that it will clarify inconsistencies in the By-Law. The Board of Selectmen, as the permit-issuing authority, recently adopted stringent gravel removal regu- lations. The Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee recommended; Harry Leno urged acceptance. Motion carried on a unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 20 To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Ipswich (a) "SECTION VIII. SIGNS", Subsection "D. Permit and Appeal Process", paragraph " 2. Appeal Process .", by deleting the third sentence thereof in its entirety so that said paragraph 2 shall read as follows: "2. Appeal Process . If the Building Inspector determines that one or more limi- tations or requirements specified in Subsection B and/or C of Section VIII cannot be met, the Board of Appeals, in the circumstances described in this paragraph, may grant by special permit a sign that would otherwise not be allowed. The special circumstances may include: Unusual configuration, location, or use of a building; the presence on a building of a maximum num- ber of signs; a sign size larger than that permitted if it is appropriate because of the natural space for a sign on a facade or because of other archi- tectural features of a building. Prior to the granting of a special permit, the Board of Appeals must find that the sign is consistent with the purpose of the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Ipswich, as set forth in Sec- tion I."; and (b) "SECTION VIII. SIGNS", Subsection "B. Sign Requirements.", paragraph " 2. Other Districts .", subparagraph "a.", by deleting the first sentence thereof in its entirety and by substituting in lieu thereof the following: "a. An attached sign parallel to a building shall be limited in sign area to (1) one and one-half square feet for each lineal foot of horizontal length of facade of the business displaying the sign; (2) three-fourths of the length of the business displaying the sign; (3) a projection of no more than twelve inches from the face of the building."; or to take any other action relative thereto. -18- Planning Board member Mrs. Barbara Ostberg moved that the Town vote to amend the the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Ipswich (a) "SECTION VIII. SIGNS", Subsection "D. Permit and Appeal Process", paragraph " 2. Appeal Process .", by deleting the third sentence thereof in its entirety so that said paragraph 2 shall read as follows: "2. Appeal Process . If the Building Inspector determines that one or more limi- tations or requirements specified in Subsection B and/or C of Section VIII cannot be met, the Board of Appeals, in the circumstances described in this paragraph, may grant by special permit a sign that would otherwise not be allowed. The special circumstances may include: Unusual configuration, location, or use of a building; the presence on a building of a maximum num- ber of signs; a sign size larger than that permitted if it is appropriate because of the natural space for a sign on a facade or because of other archi- tectural features of a building. Prior to the granting of a special permit, the Board of Appeals must find that the sign is consistent with the purpose of the Protective Zoning. By-Law of the Town of Ipswich, as set forth in Sec- tion I."; and (b) "SECTION VIII. SIGNS", Subsection "B. Sign Requirements.", paragraph " 2. Other Districts .", subparagraph "a.", by deleting the first sentence thereof in its entirety and by substituting in lieu thereof the following: "a. An attached sign parallel to a building shall be limited in sign area to (1) one and one-half square feet for each lineal foot of horizontal length of facade of the business displaying the sign; (2) three-fourths of the length of the business displaying the sign; (3) a projection of no more than twelve inches from the face of the building.". Seconded. Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee recommended. Unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 21 To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Ipswich, "SECTION II, APPLICABILITY", by deleting subsection C. thereof in its entirety and by substituting in lieu thereof the following subsection: "C. Abandonment or Discontinuance. Any non-conforming use of a structure or land, which has been abandoned or discontinued for a continuous period of two years or more, shall not be re-established, and future use shall conform to this By-Law. For purposes of this Section, the abandonment or discontinuance period shall not be broken by temporary occupancy except when such temporary occupancy is for a period of ninety (90) consecutive days or more."; or to take any other action relative thereto. Planning Board member Patrick McNally moved for indefinite postponement. Sec- onded. The Planning Board needs more time to study the matter of "Discontinu- ance". Unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 22 To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Ipswich, Official Zoning Map, by changing the following described area from the Intown Residence (IR) District to the Rural Residence (RRA) District, viz: Beginning on Linebrook Road at its intersection with Kimball Avenue; thence northeasterly on Kimball Avenue to its intersection with High Street; thence southeasterly on High Street to its intersection with Linebrook Road in Lord's Square; thence westerly on Linebrook Road to the point of beginning; or to take any other action relative thereto. (By Petition) Mrs. Ruth Drown moved that the Town vote to amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Ipswich, Official Zoning Map, by changing the following described area from the Intown Residence (IR) District to the Rural Residence (RRA) Dis- trict, viz: Beginning on Linebrook Road at its intersection with Kimball Avenue; -19- thence northeasterly on Kimball Avenue to its intersection with High Street; thence southeasterly on High Street to its intersection with the Boston and Maine Railroad right-of-way; thence southeasterly along the Boston and Maine Railroad right-of-way to its intersection with Linebrook Road; thence westerly on Line- brook Road to the point of beginning. Seconded. Mrs. Drown stated that her neighborhood is a quiet one, with mostly one-family homes; homeowners are con- cerned because a developer wishes to build 20 condominium units in the center of the described area. Board of Selectmen unanimously supported the article, with Mr. Damon stating that it affected all of us. The Board has already denied the developer's sewerage plans. Mr. Craft stated that the Finance Committee was four against the article, two in favor, two abstentions. Mr. Warner stated the Plan- ning Board was against the article, feeling that it was spot zoning and not con- sistent with the Zoning By-Law. The Planning Board has not approved or endorsed the development mentioned. James Johnson asked why the Board rejected the devel- oper's sewerage plan but wants to expand the system in Article 32; Mr. Damon gave the Board's viewpoint. Daniel Deren asked if this was legal since there is a pro- posal; Mr. Howe replied that the legal notice had been placed before the developer submitted his cluster plan. Charles Mercier was concerned about the long-range effect with fewer rentals, higher rents. Mrs. Dorman asked if denial of a sewer permit would effectively stop the development; Town Counsel replied that it would not be possible to put that many units on a small site without sewerage. The voice vote was inconclusive; on the hand count, the motion passed 324 in favor, 99 opposed. ARTICLE 23 To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Ipswich, Official Zoning Map, by extending the Northwesterly boundary of the Intown Residence District from the Southwesterly boundary of land of Winifred Wegzyn on Linebrook Road, Northerly to the Northeasterly corner of land now or formerly of C.H. Sullivan, thence following said lot line Westerly across School Street to a pQint thence following said lot line Westerly across School Street to a point 125' West of School Street; thence Southerly following a line parallel to and 125' Westerly of School Street to Linebrook Road; thence Easterly along Line- brook Road to the point of beginning; or to take any other action relative there- to. (By Petition) Edward Wegzyn moved that the Town vote to amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town, as shown on the "Zoning Map of the Town of Ipswich, Mass.", on file with the Town Clerk, by relocating a portion of the present boundary line between the Intown Residence (IR) District and the Rural Residential A (RRA) District from: Its present location beginning at its intersection with Linebrook Road and land of Winifred Wegzyn and running in a northeasterly direction to land of said Town of Ipswich, a distance of approximately 875 feet, in a northwesterly direc- tion approximately 250 feet to School Street, so that the portion of said bound- ary line as relocated extends from its present terminus on said Linebrook Road a distance of approximately 375 feet northwesterly to the intersection of Linebrook Road and School Street, thence running northeasterly by said School Street a dis- tance of approximately 875 feet, thence turning and running southeasterly a dis- tance of approximately 250 feet to its present intersection with said land of Winifred Wegzyn and said Town of Ipswich. Seconded. The Wegzyn family gave land to the Town for the High School when it was built, saving several lots for family members; now find that the lots do not conform to the Rural Residential District and wish to change the district to Intown Residence where they would be conform- ing. Board of Selectmen unanimously recommended; Finance Committee, seven in favor, one abstained, one not voting; Planning Board, three in favor, two opposed. Joe Fenton, Harry Leno spoke in opposition. Lillian North, in answer to a ques- tion, said that the Conservation Commission had not been approached regarding the matter and could not make a recommendation. The voice vote was inconclusive; on the hand count, the motion passed 239 in favor, 118 opposed. -20- ARTICLE 24 To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Ipswich, Official Zoning Map, by changing the following described area from the Rural Residence (RRA) District to the Industrial (I) District: A certain parcel of land located on the Southeasterly side of the Newburyport Turnpike and bounded Northwesterly by the said Newburyport Turnpike 742.68 feet; Northeasterly by East Street #2, 20 feet; Southeasterly by land now or formerly of Peterson, 201.58 feet; Northeasterly again by land of said Peterson 204.86 feet; Southeasterly again by land of Peterson and land now or formerly of Taylor et al 286.65 feet and Southerly by other land of Iovanella et al and being the Town line between the Town of Ipswich and Topsfield. Said parcel contains 2.22 acres, more or less."; or to take any other action relative thereto. (By Petition) Attorney George Hayes moved that the Town vote to amend the Protective Zoning By- Law of the Town of Ipswich, Official Zoning Map, by changing the following de- scribed area from the Rural Residence (RRA) District to the Industrial (I) Dis- trict: A certain parcel of land located on the Southeasterly side of the Newbury- port Turnpike and bounded Northwesterly by the said Newburyport Turnpike 742.68 feet; Northeasterly by East Street #2, 20 feet; Southeasterly by land now or for- merly of Peterson, 201.58 feet; Northeasterly again by land of said Peterson 204.86 feet; Southeasterly again by land of Peterson and land now or formerly of Taylor et al 286.65 feet and Southerly by other land of Iovanella et al and being the Town line between the Town of Ipswich and Topsfield. Seconded. This area is more suited for an Industrial District, according to Mr. Hayes and the neighbor- hood will be protected by a 50' buffer zone. Board of Selectmen recmmended four - one; Finance Committee recommended; Planning Board recommended. A non-voting resident wished to speak on the matter; it was moved, seconded and so voted that she be allowed to do so. Linda Peterson, of East Street #2, wished to see the area remain residential, feeling that changing the zoning to Industrial would change the character. The voice vote was inconclusive; on the hand count, the motion passed 279 in favor, 60 opposed. ARTICLE 25 To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Ipswich; (1) "SECTION III DEFINITIONS", (a) by deleting the words "....or occupied " from the definition "DWELLING, SINGLE-FAMILY ATTACHED" so that said definition shall read as amended: "DWELLING, SINGLE-FAMILY ATTACHED: A building designed as a residence for one family and separated from another attached dwelling on one or both sides either by a vertical party wall or walls or by a contiguous wall or walls without side yards, provided said building sits on its own individual lot with its own front- age and which meets the requirements of the Table of Dimensional and Density Reg- ulations."; (b) by deleting the words " or occupied " from the definition "DWELLING, SINGLE-FAMILY DETACHED" so that said definition shall read as amended: "DWELLING, SINGLE-FAMILY DETACHED: A building which is designed as a residence for one family and is substantially separated by open space from any other struc- ture or structures except accessory buildings."; and (c) by deleting the definition "DWELLING, MULTI-FAMILY" in its entirety and by substituting in lieu thereof the following definition: "DWELLING, MULTI-FAMILY: A building designed or occupied as a residence con- taining three or more dwelling units which stands on a commonly-owned lot and which complies with the Table of Dimensional and Density Regulations."; and (d) by adding after COMMUNITY FACILITIES the following definitions thereto: "Dwelling: every building or shelter used or intended for human habitation."; and "Dwelling Unit: the room, or group of rooms, within a dwelling, or any dwell - -21- ing, used, or intended for use, by a single family or household for common living, sleeping, cooking, and eating and sanitary facilities available and regularly utilized by all members of such single family or household at all times." and (2) "SECTION V USE REGULATIONS", Subsection "D. Table of Use Regulations", under the caption "ACCESSORY USE" by changing the words " Private guesthouse " to read "....Private non-commercial guesthouse used as a dwelling for less less than four (4) months in any calendar year "; or to take any other action relative thereto. Planning Board member Patrick McNally moved that the Town vote to amend the Pro- tective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Ipswich; (1) "SECTION III DEFINITIONS", (a) by adding the words " containing one dwelling unit that is " to the definition "DWELLING, SINGLE-FAMILY ATTACHED" so that said definition shall read as amended: "DWELLING, SINGLE-FAMILY ATTACHED: A building designed or occupied as a resi- dence for one family containing one dwelling unit that is separated from another attached dwelling on one or both sides either by a vertical party wall or walls or by a contiguous wall or walls without side yards, provided said building sits on its own individual lot with its own frontage and which meets the requirements of the Table of Dimensional and Density Regulations."; (b) by adding the words "....containing one dwelling unit that is " to the definition "DWELLING, SINGLE-FAMILY DETACHED" so that said definition shall read as amended: "DWELLING, SINGLE-FAMILY DETACHED: A building which is designed or occupied as a residence for one family containing one dwelling unit that is substantially separated by open space from any other structure or structures except accessory buildings."; and (c) by deleting the definition "DWELLING, MULTI-FAMILY" in its entirety and by substituting in lieu thereof the following definition: "DWELLING, MULTI-FAMILY: A building designed or occupied as a residence con- taining three or more dwelling units which stands on a commonly-owned lot and which complies with the Table of Dimensional and Density Regulations."; and (d) by adding after COMMUNITY FACILITIES the following definitions thereto: "Dwelling: e\jery building or shelter used or intended for human habitation."; and "Dwelling Unit: a single unit providing complete, independent living facili- ties for one (1) or more persons including permanent provision for living, sleep- ing, eating, cooking, and sanitation." and (2) "SECTION V USE REGULATIONS", Subsection "D. Table of Use Regulations", under the caption "ACCESSORY USE" by changing the words " Private guesthouse " to read " Private non-commercial guesthouse used or occupied as a dwell- ing unit ". Seconded. Lawrence Morse moved to amend the motion under Article 25, (l)(c) to replace the words "three of more dwelling units" in the definition of DWELLING, MULTI-FAMILY with the words "two or more dwelling units". Seconded. Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, Planning Board against. Voice vote was inconclusive; motion failed on a hand count, 328 to 18. Mr. Warner moved to amend the motion by deleting (2) SECTION V USE REGULATIONS. Seconded. Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee recommended. Unanimous voice vote. The main motion, as amended, carried on a unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 26 To see if the Town will vote to accept as an approved public way (1) Dix Road; (2) that portion of James Road heretofore not accepted; and (3) that portion of Edge Street heretofore not accepted; or to take any other action relative there- to. (By Petition) Mr. Player moved that the Town vote to accept as a public way those unaccepted portions of Edge Street, Dix Road and James Road that lie between the present -22- accepted terminus of Edge Street at #29 and #30 Edge Street and the present accepted terminus of James Road at #18 and #21 James Road. Excluded from this petition are any portions of Edge Street that lie in a Northerly direction beyond the intersection of Dix Road and Edge Street; all as shown in part on "Plan of Willowdale Acres, Ipswich, Mass., as-built plans and profiles of James Road, Edge Street and Dix Road", consisting of three sheets, as prepared by Raymond Engi- neering Service, 240 Cambridge St., Burlington, Mass., dated August 14, 1981. Seconded. Board of Selectmen unanimously supported; Finance Committee recom- mended as all problems have been corrected. Ronald Noel of Birch Lane stated that drainage problems had not been corrected. DPW Director Armand Michaud said that the drainage problems had been corrected. Motion carried on unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 27 To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Ipswich, "SECTION X ADMINISTRATION", subsection "B. Permits, Certificate Required 1 by adding a third sentence to the first paragraph thereof, viz: "The Building Inspector shall issue no building permit on a lot unless said lot complies with the provisions of this By-Law and has sufficient frontage in either a street which has been constructed to the standards of and has been approved by the Planning Board or on an accepted Town street."; or to take any other action relative thereto. Mr. Warner moved for indefinite postponement. Seconded. Unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 28 To see if the Town will vote to amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Ipswich, "SECTION VI. DIMENSIONAL AND DENSITY REGULATIONS", subsection "E. Screen- ing Requirements.", by deleting the same in its entirety and by inserting in lieu thereof the following subsection E., viz: "E. Screening Requirements. Screening shall be required in the minimum side and rear yards of any new wholesale, transportation, industrial, commercial, or multi-family use in all districts except the 'Business' district as follows: a strip of screening shall be at least ten (10) feet in width, except where such use abuts a Rural or Intown Residence district boundary in which case it shall be not less than twenty-five (25) feet in width or a greater width not exceeding fifty (50) feet if deemed appropriate in the reasonable judgment of the Planning Board; such strip shall contain a screen of plantings in its center. The screen shall be not less than three (3) feet in height at the time of occupancy of the lot and the plantings shall be no more than four (4) feet apart from one another. The screen shall thereafter be maintained by the owner or occupants so as to pro- vide a dense screen year-round. By Special Permit, the Zoning Board of Appeals may approve alternative screening or alternative height, setback, or location thereof, unless the primary use is subject to Special Permit approval by the Planning Board, in which case said Planning Board may approve by Special Permit such alternative screening; the Zon- ing Board of Appeals or the Planning Board, as applicable, may consider approval of such alternative screening or approval of an alternative height, setback, or location thereof only if the applicant submits to said applicable Board a land- scape plan for the entire lot prepared by a registered landscape architect. An existing natural screen on a lot having a non-conforming use (either principal or accessory), shall not be removed by the owner or occupant without a variance from the Board of Appeals."; or to take any other action relative thereto. Mr. McNally moved that the Town vote to amend the Protective Zoning By-Law of the Town of Ipswich, "SECTION VI. DIMENSIONAL AND DENSITY REGULATIONS", subsection "E. -23- Screening Requirements.", by inserting the following two new subparagraphs to the end thereof: "By Special Permit, the Zoning Board of Appeals may approve alter- native screening or alternative height, setback, or location thereof, unless the primary use is subject to Special Permit approval by the Planning Board, in which case said Planning Board may approve by Special Permit such alternative screening; the Zoning Board of Appeals or the Planning Board, as applicable, may consider approval of such alternative screening or approval of an alternative height, set- back, or location thereof only if the applicant submits to said applicable Board a landscape plan for the entire lot prepared by a registered landscape architect. An existing natural screen on a lot having a non-conforming use (either princi- pal or accessory), shall not be removed by the owner or occupant without a vari- ance from the Board of Appeals." Seconded. Board of Selectmen, Finance Commit- tee unanimously recommended. Unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 29 To see if the Town will vote to amend its action taken under Article 4. of the April 05, 1982 Town Meeting by expanding the purpose of the Plumbing and Gas In- spection Fee fund to include Planning Board Special Permit Application Fees; or to take any other action relative thereto. Mr. LeClair moved that the Town vote to amend its action taken under Article 4. of the April 05, 1982 Town Meeting by expanding the purpose of the Plumbing and Gas In-spection Fee fund to include Planning Board Application Fees. Seconded. This would place application fees for acquifer permits into a revolving fund. Board of Selectmen, Planning Board recommended. Finance Committee against. Voice vote inconclusive; on the hand count, the motion failed with 125 in favor, 131 opposed. ARTICLE 30 To see if the Town will vote (1) to appropriate a sum of monies, for the purchase and installation of a new computer system including hardware, software and any and all materiel and services incidental thereto; and (2) to determine whether said appropriation shall be raised by borrowing, transfer from available funds or otherwise; or to take any other action relative thereto. Mr. Player moved that the Town appropriate the sum of $160,000 to purchase and install a new computer system including hardware, software and any and all materiel and services incidental thereto; and to raise this appropriation, that the sum of $160,000 be transferred from Free Cash therefor. Seconded. Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee unanimously recommended. Thomas Emery, Chief Brouillette spoke in favor. Motion carried on a unanimous voice vote. It being 11:00 p.m., Mr. Player moved that the Meeting stand adjourned until Tuesday, April 03, 1984 at 7:30 p.m. Seconded. Unanimous vote. There was no quorum present at 7:30 p.m. on April 3rd and it was moved, seconded and voted to adjourn until 7:45 p.m. A quorum was finally reached at 8:00 p.m. and the Moderator called the Meeting to order. The final count was 396. Tellers appointed were: Thomas Ercoline, Leslie MacLaughlin, Richard Ostberg, Ormand Cutler, Robert Sherman, and Melissa Kleiner. It was moved, seconded and so voted to allow non-voters in to view the proceed- ings. -24- ARTICLE 31 To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of money for the pur- pose of surveying, designing, constructing, and obtaining related materiel and services for an extension of the sanitary sewer system in the area of Green Street, Meetinghouse Green, North Main Street and County Street, or any portion thereof; to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire such easements and/or other interest(s) as may be necesary to effectuate said extensions of the sani- tary sewer system by purchase, gift, lease, eminent domain, or otherwise; to de- termine whether such appropriation shall be raised by borrowing, transfer from available funds, or otherwise; or to take any other action relative thereto. Mr. Player moved that the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $22,500 for the purpose of surveying, designing, constructing, and obtaining related materiel and services for an extension of the sanitary sewer system in the area of Green Street, Meetinghouse Green, North Main Street and County Street, or any portion thereof; to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire such easements and/or other interest(s) as may be necesary to effectuate said extensions of the sanitary sewer system by purchase, gift, lease, eminent domain, or otherwise. Seconded. This affects only five properties and the cost will probably be less than is being asked for. Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee unanimously rec- ommended. Motion carried on unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 32 To see if the Town will vote (1) to raise and appropriate a sum of money for the purpose of surveying, designing, constructing and obtaining related materiel and services for an extension of the sanitary sewer system in the area of Newmarch Street, Applewood Drive, Arrowhead Trail, Cameron Avenue, Damon Avenue, Jurdin Hill Road, and Nabby's Point Road, or any portion thereof, and obtaining all materiel and services necessary and incidental thereto; (2) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire such easements and/or other interests as may be necessary to effectuate said extension of the sanitary sewer system by purchase, gift, lease, eminent domain or otherwise; (3) to determine whether said monies shall be raised by borrowing, transfer from available funds, or otherwise; (4) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to apply for, accept and expend any Federal, State, and private grants in conjunction with the aforesaid purposes; and (5) to determine if the appropriation, or a portion thereof, shall be raised by bonds, or serial notes, or otherwise; or to take any other action relative thereto. Mr. Player moved that the Town vote (1) to raise and appropriate the sum of $242,000 for the purpose of surveying, designing, constructing and obtaining re- lated materiel and services for an extension of the sanitary sewer system in the area of Newmarch Street, Applewood Drive, Arrowhead Trail, Cameron Avenue, Damon Avenue, Jurdin Hill Road, and Nabby's Point Road, or any portion thereof, and ob- taining all materiel and services necessary and incidental thereto; (2) to auth- orize the Board of Selectmen to acquire such easements and/or other interests as may be necessary to effectuate said extension of the sanitary sewer system by purchase, gift, lease, eminent domain or otherwise; (3) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to apply for, accept and expend any Federal, State, and private grants in conjunction with the aforesaid purposes; and (4) to raise this appropriation the sum of $30,000 be transferred from the Spring Street/Highland Avenue Sewer Construction Account authorized under Article 40 of the April 04, 1983 Annual Town Meeting and the sum of $212,000 in Free Cash be transferred, both sums for the aforementioned purposes. Seconded. Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee unanimously recommended. James Johnson spoke in opposition, as did Jaret Johnson (both are residents in the area); Harry Leno spoke in favor. On a two-thirds vote, the motion carried with 236 in favor, 91 opposed. -25- ARTICLE 33 To see if the Town will vote (1) to appropriate a sum of money in addition to the sums raised under Article 24 of the May 02, 1977 Annual Town Meeting and Article 27 of the May 01, 1978 Annual Town Meeting for remodeling and reconstruction of the Town Hall Annex and/or constructing a new addition thereto for a Police Sta- tion, and obtaining all materiel and services necessary and incidental thereto; (2) to appropriate a sum of money for remodeling, renovations, repairs and recon- struction of the Town Hall and obtaining all materiel and services as may be nec- essary and incidental thereto; and (3) to determine whether said monies shall be raised by borrowing, transfer from available funds, or otherwise, to effectuate said purposes; or to take any other action relative thereto. Mr. George moved that the Town vote (1) to appropriate the sum of $522,600 in addition to the sums raised under Article 24 of the May 02, 1977 Annual Town Meeting and Article 27 of the May 01, 1978 Annual Town Meeting for remodeling and reconstruction of the Town Hall Annex for a Police Station, for remodeling and reconstructing the Town Hall, and for obtaining all materiel and services neces- sary and incidental thereto; and (2) to raise this appropriation the following sums be transferred for said purposes: Free Cash $520,042 Account 900-024 2,558 (Town Hall Windows) Seconded. Board of Selectmen four - one against the article. Chief Brouillette gave the history of the Police Department's search for new quarters, and urged acceptance. Finance Committee was five - three in favor. George Mathey, the last chairman of the Police Station Study Committee and an architect, urged accep- tance, stating that money-wise it was a good bargain; Joseph Carpenter urged acceptance. The motion carried on a voice vote. ARTICLE 34 To see if the Town will vote (1) to abandon the project to remodel and renovate the Town Hall Annex for a police station; and (2) pursuant to the provisions of Section 20 of Chapter 44, Massachusetts General Laws, as amended, to change the purpose of the appropriations made under Article 41 of the May 02, 1977 Annual Town Meeting and under Article 27 of the April 02, 1978 Annual Town Meeting, to the extent of the balance of the monies borrowed thereunder from: "remodeling and reconstruction of the Town Hall Annex for a Police Station" to "architectural services for plans and specifications for an addition to the Town Hall Annex for a Police Station, and for constructing such addition and obtaining any and all materiel and/or services incidental thereto; or to take any other action relative thereto. Mr. Player moved for indefinite postponement. Seconded. Unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 35 To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to file special legislation to exempt the Town from the provisions of Section 147 of Chapter 140 of the General Laws, as amended, and further to provide that (a) such portion of dog license fees as otherwise would be paid to Essex County be placed in the Gen- eral Fund by the Town and (b) such portion of dog license fees as otherwise would be retained by the Town Clerk continue to be retained by the Town Clerk; and (c) that the licensing year shall be January 01 to December 31 inclusive; or to take any other action relative thereto. Mr. LeClair moved that the Town vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to file special legislation to exempt the Town from the provisions of Section 147 of Chap- ter 140 of the General Laws, as amended, and further to provide that (a) such por- tion of dog license fees as otherwise would be paid to Essex County be placed in the General Fund by the Town and (b) such portion of dog license fees as other- -26- wise would be retained by the Town Clerk continue to be retained by the Town Clerk; and (c) that the licensing year shall be January 01 to December 31 inclu- sive. Seconded. Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee recommended. Mr. Ingram asked to amend the motion so that money would go into the upkeep of the Dog Pound rather than into the General Fund. Mr. Dalton informed him that couldn't be done; Mr. Ingram moved for indefinite postponement. Seconded. Finance Committee against. Failed on voice vote. The main motion carried on unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 36 To see if the Town will vote: (1) To appropriate a sum of money to engage engi- neering services and to acquire any relatpd materiel and/or other services for the design, installation, and/or maintenance of drainage systems and structures; (2) To authorize the Board of Selectmen to apply for, to accept and expend any Federal and/or State grants which may be available for the aforementioned pur- poses,; (3) To authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire such easements and/or other interest(s) as may be necessary to effectuate said installation and/or maintenance, by purchase, by gift, by lease, eminent domain, or otherwise; and (4) To determine whether said appropriation shall be raised by borrowing, trans- fer from available funds, or otherwise; or to take any other action relative thereto. Mr. Pszenny moved that the Town vote (1) to appropriate the sum of $87,450 to en- gage engineering services and to acquire any related materiel and/or other ser- vices for the design, installation, and/or maintenance of drainage systems and structures along Kimball Brook from the area of Heard Drive to the confluence of Kimball Brook with the Ipswich River; (2) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to apply for, to accept and expend any Federal and/or State grants which may be available for the aforementioned purposes; (3) to authorize the Board of Select- men to acquire such easements and/or other interest(s) as may be necessary to effectuate said installation and/or maintenance, by purchase, by gift, by lease, eminent domain, or otherwise in said areas; and (4) to raise said appropriation the sum of $87,450 be transferred from the Stabilization Fund. Seconded. Board of Selectmen recommended; Finance Committee did not, feeling it was too much money; Conservation Commission were three in favor, two opposed, one abstention. The motion failed on a voice vote. ARTICLE 37 To see if the Town will vote: (1) To appropriate a sum of money to renovate, re- construct, and/or undertake extraordinary repairs and to construct an addition to the Public Library and to obtain any and all materiel and services incidental thereto; (2) To authorize the Board of Selectmen to apply for, accept and expend any Federal, State and/or private grants in conjunction with the aforesaid pur- poses; and (3) To determine whether said appropriation shall be raised by borrow- ing, transfer from available funds, or otherwise; or to take any other action relative thereto. Chairman of the Library Board of Trustees Crocker Snow moved that the Town vote: (1) to appropriate the sum of $146,000 to renovate, reconstruct, and/or undertake extraordinary repairs and to construct an addition to the Public Library and to obtain any and all materiel and services incidental thereto; (2) to authorize the Board of Selectmen to apply for, accept and expend any Federal, State and/or pri- vate grants in conjunction with the aforesaid purposes; and (3) to raise said appropriation the sum of $146,000 be transferred from Free Cash. Seconded. Boa«rd of Selectmen, Finance Committee recommended. Motion carried on unanimous voice vote. -27- ARTICLE 38 lo see it the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money to survey, design and construct a water filtration facility in the area of Dow Brook Reservoir and/or Bull Brook Reservoir and to obtain all materiel and services necessary and inci- dental thereto; to determine whether said appropriation shall be raised by borrow- ing, transfer from available funds, or otherwise; or to take any other action relative thereto. Water Supply Chairman James Engel moved that the Town vote (1) to appropriate the sum of $5,687,000 to survey, design and construct a water filtration facility and appurtenances in the area of Dow Brook Reservoir and Bull Brook Reservoir and to obtain all materiel and services necessary and incidental thereto; (2) to author- ize the Board of Selectmen to apply for, accept and expend and State and/or Fed- eral grants or private gifts in connection with this project; (3) of the $5,687,000 so appropriated, that $313,175 be transferred from Water Surplus and $23,825 be raised by taxation; and (4) to raise the balance of this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen be authorized to issue $5,350,000 in bonds or notes under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 44, Sec- tion 8(4), as amended. Seconded. Mr. Engel gave a ^/ery understandable explana- tion of why this facility is badly needed in Ipswich. Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee enthusiastically and unanimously recommended. Microbiologist Joyce Kippin explained the problems with Ipswich water, and urged acceptance. James Many was against the article; David Standley, while supporting the article, thought the Town should wait to make sure it got a State and/or Federal grant. He suggested amending the motion to say that work would not start until a 50% State grant was available or the Town at a regular or special town meting voted to assume a larger share of the cost. Seconded. The Moderator informed Mr. Standley that amendments must be submitted in writing. Mr. Engel stated that his committee had based their figures on the assumption of grants, and would have no problem with the amendment. Mr. Howe was afraid it might affect the marketabil- ity of the bonds. The question was moved and seconded. Mr. Standley withdrew his amendment; James Johnson, who had seconded his amendment, reluctantly with- drew his second. Question was moved, seconded, carried. Motion carried on a voice vote; Mr. Howe requested a hand count. The motion carried with 295 in favor, six opposed. ARTICLE 39 To see if the Town will designate as "SALLY'S POND" the standing body of water located on South Main Street (behind the Whipple House) in memory of Sarah Lunt Weatherall; or take any other action thereto. (By Petition) Mrs. Hazel Cleary moved that the Town designate as "SALLY'S POND" the standing body of water located on South Main Street (behind the Whipple House) in memory of Sarah Lunt Weatherall. Seconded. Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee unan- imously recommended. Mr. Mathey for the Ipswich Historical Society recommended. The voice vote was unanimous. ARTICLE 40 To see what action the Town wishes to take with respect to the issue of Acid Rain. Mr. Damon moved that Town Meeting direct the Board of Selectmen to write to our state and national legislators, with copies to the President of the United States and the Secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency, expressing Ipswich's outrage at the dangerous levels of acid rain falling on our Town. The letters should urge quick action by the federal government to order power plants to re- duce emissions of sulphuric and nitrogen wastes into the atmosphere, which wastes combine with oxygen and water to form dangerous sulphuric and nitric acids. The letters should emphasize that we are against additional years of research, as pro- -28- posed by the administration, and demand action now, before our ponds and reser- voirs join the list of ponds and reservoirs in the state that have already died from absorbing too much acid. Seconded. Board of Selectmen were four - one in favor; Finance Committee were six in favor. The question was moved, seconded, voted. The motion carried on a voice vote. ARTICLE 41 To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of money for the pur- pose of replacing the Veterans' Honor Roll on South Main Street, an equal sum of money to be made available for said purpose from the Veterans' Memorial Committee; or to take any other action relative thereto. Jacob Burridge moved for indefinite postponement. Seconded. The Committee to replace the Veterans' memorial on South Main Street has reached 80% of its goal. Unanimous voice vote. ARTICLE 42 To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of money to be added to the stabilization fund; or to take any other action relative thereto. Mr. Pszenny moved for indefinite postonement. Seconded. Unanimous voice vote. Mr. Pszenny moved for dissolution of the 351st Annual Town Meeting of the Town of Ipswich. Seconded. Unanimous voice vote. Meeting dissolved at 10:31 p.m. And you are directed to serve this warrant by posting up attested copies thereof at the Post Office and at each of the meeting houses in the Town, by publication seven days at least prior to the time for holding said meeting, in a newspaper published in, or having a general circulation in the Town of Ipswich. Given unto our hands this 19th day of March in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Eighty-Four. Town of Ipswich Board of Selectmen David S. Player, Chairman Lawrence J. Pszenny Edwin H. Damon, Jr. William E. Getirge Arthur S. LeClair -29- BOARD OF SELECTMEN David S. Player, Jr., Chairman 1984 was a very busy and productive year for the Board of Selectmen. The Board continued to focus its attentions on the long-range solutions to certain problems facing the Town, as well as attending to its day to day duties. This past year we have, with the help of the Water Study Committee and especially Jim Engel , made continued progress with the planning and development aspects of the water filtration facility. The rehabilitation of the Town Hall, as well as the transformation of the Annex into a Police Station, has been a major undertaking on the part of the Town. The results, hopefully, will be increased efficiency of operations and we hope a more convenient method for you to transact your business with the Town. It has also preserved one of the Town's most cherished landmarks. Regrettably, in 1984 Arthur LeClair passed away. A long-time Selectman, Arthur brought a unique style to the Board, and I often found his opinions invaluable at getting to the heart of a particular issue. The void created by his passing will be difficult to fill . I would like to thank the Town Manager, Finance Committee and all those who have served on various Town Boards and Committees, for their unselfish involvement. Without their guidance and input, our service to you would have diminished immeasurably. TOWN MANAGER George E. Howe Nineteen eighty-four was a year of planning for major capital expenditures and commencing their implementation. At the conclusion of our 350th Anniversary cel- ebration, major renovations to the Town Hall commenced and construction of an addition to the Library was begun. In the area of General Government, plans were finalized for and a new computer system was ordered to serve the Town and School Superintendent's Office. A new telephone system was installed in the Town Hall. The Town's by-laws and regula- tions were being placed on our word processor, our fee schedule was updated, and our Town capital plan was revised. In October a Handicapped Self-evaluation Study Committee was formed, charged with developing amendments to our service delivery systems to eliminate barriers to the handicapped. Much attention was given code enforcement. New gravel regulations were drafted and adopted by the Selectmen. A comprehensive review of the subdivision regula- tions was completed, resulting in over fifteen amendments, and a department head team process was implemented to review the many applications being presented to the Planning Board. Peter Gray joined the Town staff as Health Agent. The Public Works Department also undertook several capital projects this past year: repairs to the highway garage, construction repairs to the Mill Road bridge, design of a replacement bridge over Fox Creek on Argil la Road, extensions of sewers on Spring Street and Highland Avenue and designs for sewers in the Newmarch Street neighborhood, and commencement of detailed plans and specifica- tions for a new water filtration plant. -30- Renovations of the Town Hall Annex for a Police Station are the most notable activity in public safety. The Fire Department enforced smoke detector regula- tions, implemented the right-to-know law relative to hazardous materials, under- took a basic training course for its regular force, repaired Engine 1 and up- graded its mutual aid radio communications. Perhaps the most profound change this past year in the Manager's Office has been the October retirement of Constance Chisholm, long time secretary to the Town Manager. Connie really ran the office. We miss her! ASSESSOR'S OFFICE Frank J. Ragonese, Chief Assessor The total valuation of the Town .January 01, 1984, was $309,858,810 representing an increase of $9,152,360 over the previous year. The total valuation of the Town by classification is: Class 1 Residential $266,969,620 Class 2 Open Space Class 3 Commercial 31,573,290 Class 4 Industrial 6,242,150 Personal Property 5,073,750 The Tax Rate of $19.25 for Fiscal Year 1985 remained the same as the Fiscal Year 1984. BUILDING INSPECTOR Charles W. Turner, Jr. The following is a synopsis of the building construction in 1984: RESIDENTIAL Number of Dwelling Units Additions/Alterations to Dwelling Units Structures Other than Dwelling Units (includes Pools, In/Above Ground) Manufactured Items COMMERCIAL Number of Commercial Units Additions/Alterations to Commercial Units Manufactured Items AMOUNT ESTIMATED COST 55 199 $3,388,000* 1,712,802 108 67 667,642 58,974 11 42 52 587,000 1,586,050 89,535 TOTALS Number of Permits Issued Permit Fees Collected Estimated Construction Costs 519 23,535 8,090,003 PLUMBING AND GAS PI umbing Gas AMOUNT 145 113 FEES $4,625 2,486 TOTALS Number of Permits Issued Permit Fees Collected 258 7,111 -31- *The cost of nine (9) of the fifty-five (55) units is reflected in Additions/ Alterations to Dwelling Units. CEMETERIES, PARKS AND BUILDINGS DEPARTMENT James E. Graffum, Director Grounds work was performed in all of the Town's nine Cemeteries and its eight Parks and Playgrounds. A new four grave section was mapped out for future use in the New Highland Cemetery, and a new two grave section was opened in the New Linebrook Cemetery. The Cemetery and Parks Department also assisted in working with the Town's 350th Committee in making the summer-long celebration the success it was. We also regraded and landscaped the area around the Town's new War Memorial. There were 119 Interments in 1984. There were two-four grave, seven-two grave, and two-single grave lots awarded to Veterans. Five-four grave, five-two grave, nine-singles, and two-eight grave lots were sold. Also, there were seventeen Government Markers set, twenty-eight Corner Post sets installed, twenty-one Monument Foundations poured, and forty-four Markers set. Chapel Tent Rentals $ 1,140 Sale of Lots 2,050 Foundations 2,901 Perpetual Care 3,075 Interment Openings 12,790 = $21,956 ****** CIVIL DEFENSE David R. Clements, Director Upon completion of my first full year as Director of Civil Defense, I have seen a major change in the overall program of the Civil Defense Agency in the Common- wealth of Massachusetts. We are now responsible for carrying out programs instituted by the Massachusetts Civil Defense Agency. We are also preparing ourselves to be of assistance to the local community in case of natural disaster or a major accident. In any such case, we will be of help to the Town, working along with the Town Manager and the Police and Fire Chiefs. On February 03, 1984, John T. Clogston was appointed as Deputy Director. Together we have attended monthly meetings in conjunction with the North Shore Civil Defense Council of which Ipswich is a member. These meetings are held in differ- ent host communities on the North Shore. We also attend monthly meetings in Tewksbury which are presided over by Area I State Director Frank Belitsky. There are five areas in Massachusetts; Ipswich being in Area I. At these meetings we are constantly updated with new material and programs of the Massachusetts Department of Civil Defense. These meetings are held in the evening for our con- venience and are both informative and beneficial to our department. The Auxiliary Police Department continues to train extensively in C.P.R. and the First Responders' Course in First Aid. They have also qualified in the fire arms program which is an annual requirement. As part of their ongoing training, they -32^ have accomplished 1,200 hours of service this year to the Town by working week- ends with the regular Police Department but in a voluntary capacity. February 1984 saw this Department actively searching for a downed airplane in the woods in Beverly. We worked with the North Shore Civil Defense Council. There were eight auxiliary members and this director searching for a total of fourteen hours but the plane was never found. The newest group to be formed as part of this Department is a Radiological Moni- toring Department. There are currently four members and they are working \jery hard to organize. Upon the invitation of the New Hampshire Public Service Department, three members of Ipswich's Civil Defense attended a day-long seminar at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. This was found to be \/ery informative and educational. The trip helped us to understand some of the problems facing a Nuclear Power Plant and its surrounding communities. I'd like to thank all the Department Heads for their help and cooperation in this past year; you have certainly made my job a little easier. ****** COMMUTER RAIL COMMITTEE Dorcas Rice, Chairman The good news for 1984 was wonderful; the bad news was awful! First, the good news! On April 30th the Committee realized the fruition of their 1983 letter of inquiry to Sylvania concerning the vacant lot across from the depot. On that day the purchase agreement between Sylvania and the Town was signed, thus providing a convenient and much-needed parking lot for commuters. By June it was ready for use, and by September usage was heavy. Another bright spot locally was the MBTA's funding through CATA for station beautif ication, which took the form of flower tubs along the station area. These were beautifully planted by Bill Grant of Southside Greenhouse and cared for by Committee members and friends; water was supplied by Pechilis' Liquor Mart. The tubs elicited much praise and pleasure from everyone, and it is hoped the funding will continue. Now for the bad news! In January a fire lasting several days destroyed the North Station area railroad bridges and pilings, necessitating the closing of North Station. However, the T responded swiftly to the emergency and created a tempo- rary "station" at Sullivan Square for Eastern Line riders; a solution many riders have found more convenient than North Station! Bridge reconstruction has pro- gressed ahead of schedule, and North Station will be reopened in April or May, 1985. In November another disastrous fire occurred in Beverly; wiping out the railroad bridge across the harbor and creating havoc and chaos for North Shore commuters, with trains unable to run beyond Salem. The T responded with emergency busing to and from North Street in Salem; however, the remaining weeks of 1984 commuting could best be described as a new adventure e^/ery day. Reconstuction of this bridge is expected to be finished by October, 1985. With regard to both of these fires, especially the Beverly one, the Committee has been busy attending local and area meetings and monitoring service. We commend -33- the MBTA in both instances for swiftly initiating emergency plans. They have done a good job under horrendous circumstances, and it is to their great credit that there was no interruption of service either time. CONSERVATION COMMISSION Lillian V. North, Chairman The Ipswich Conservation Commission is a non-paid, seven-member official Town body with associate membership. Commission members are appointed by the Town Manager and confirmed by the Board of Selectmen for a period of three years. The Commission meets bi-weekly and conducts an average of three to four on-site in- spections per month, plus the monitoring of on-going projects. Hundreds of acres of wetlands along the Eastern seacoast are lost each year, wet- lands which are the beginning of the food chain, necessary to the lowest forms of life and continuing on up to all forms of animals and ultimately, to man himself. The Commission is specifically charged with the responsibility of protecting the Town of Ipswich's natural resources in the inland fresh waters and coastal salt waters regions. In 1984, 13 Notices of Intent were received and 12 Orders of Conditions were issued. Two Determinations of Applicability were received and two Certificates of Compliance were issued. In 1984, liaison between the Building Inspector, Health Agent, Planning Board, Department of Public Works and the Town Manager has resulted in an efficient, albeit yet to be improved upon, system of checks and counter-checks. This has served to provide more public awareness which has led to more notifications prior to the commencement of projects and hence, fewer violations of the Wetlands Pro- tection Act. The Commission also began, toward the latter part of 1984, the process of updat- ing the Open Space Plan in anticipation of acquiriing additional parcels of land which will be to the benefit and enjoyment of the general public. The Conservation Commission is a dedicated group and all members have spent many hours of their time working in behalf of preserving the wetlands of Ipswich. DOG AND ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER Harry W. Leno, Jr. This past year many new improvements have been made to upgrade the existing con- ditions at the pound. These improvements include six new dog runs and the in- stallation of six new outdoor enclosures. The Ipswich Humane Group has continued its strong effort in insuring the contin- ued success of the pet adoption service. This group, through its dedication and loyalty, have made the lives of all incarcerated animals a little more humane. A sincere thank you is in order for all those who unselfishly volunteered their effort and time. Their column established in the newspaper has been an on-going informative source to enlighten the public about the various issued concerning the responsibility of domesticated pets as well as wildlife. During 1984 there were: Complaints Received 2,860 Complaints Investigated 2,745 -34- Dog Bites 32 Animals Killed By Dogs 19 Animals Killed By Cars 126 Dogs Picked Up 241 Animals Found 281 Dogs Disposed Of 3 Dogs Returned To Owners 233 Cat Complaints 403 Citations Issued 232 Patrol Hours 1,610 Licenses 1,238 Dogs Adopted 42 Cats Adopted 26 FAIR HOUSING COMMITTEE Natalie L. Gaynor, Chairman The Fair Housing Committee formed three sub-committees to explore issues relevant to the welfare of the citizens of Ipswich and the Town itself. The three sub- committees are as follows: Equal Access to Housing, Sub-Standard Housing, and Housing Availabil ity. The Equal Access to Housing Sub-Committee worked closely with an Ipswich resi- dent, who had filed a complaint against the Ipswich Housing Authority charging racial discrimination in housing. The resident subsequently conferred with the Fair Housing Committee in her search for housing in Ipswich. Through the efforts of the Fair Housing Committee and the Housing Availability Sub-Committee, housing was found for the resident and she was able to move from her one room shanty to a well -maintained two bedroom apartment in Ipswich. The sub-committee worked six months towards this endavor. Subsequently, the complaint was dismissed by MCAD and the resident, because of the efforts of the Fair Housing Committee, did not appeal that decision. The Sub-Standard Housing Sub-Committee has worked diligently in the area of sub- standard housing by investigating complaints from local tenants. The FHS re- ceived a complaint from a tenant who is receiving a rental subsidy from the IHA. The complaint was initiated at the IHA, but due to communication problems, the tenant called the FHC. The complaints ranged from gas fumes to frozen inner walls. The FHC notified the IHA to have the Health Department inspect said dwelling and report the results. The Fair Housing Committee will handle, on an individual basis, complaints from the public. FIRE DEPARTMENT Edwin R. Emerson, Chief The year of 1984 saw the opening of Linebrook Fire Station in June. The Line- brook Steering Committee purchased a 750 gallon pumper from the Byfield Fire Department and then donated it to the Town. The pumper is now designated Engine 5. Ladder 2 and Engine 5 are stationed at Linebrook. Engine 1 (1966 Mack pumper) had been refurbished and equipped with a hydraulic hose reel for 4" hose. This truck is now equipped with three preconnected attack lines and a new 750-qallon water tank. -35- Training has been ongoing for the Department's 16 permanent men and 36 call men. Training manuals were provided to each man. For the first time, two men attended and graduated the seven week intensive firefighting course at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy in Sudbury. The Fire Department responded to 566 alarms in 1984 (470 still and 96 bell). An indicator of the increased load for inspections by the Fire Department is the 55% increase over 1983 of the fees raised for permits and inspections ($4,464). New construction, remodeling of existing structures, and sale of dwelling units re- quire Fire Department inspection. A goal of the Department is to increase our fire safety inspection program. A firefighter would visit each commercial establishment twice rather than the pres- ent once annually. Hopefully, we can continue to send men to the Firefighting Academy and offer advanced training. GOVERNMENT STUDY COMMITTEE Connie Surpitski, Chairman The Government Study Committee had one of its lightest business years in recent history. We spent a brief amount of time reviewing the Town Manager's Capital Project Report. It was agreed to review it further at a subsequent meeting with emphasis on: (a) Comments on the plan in general, (b) Recommended changes in form of pre- sentation, (c) How could the plan best be utilized? We met with the Board of Selectmen who asked us to again look at the issue of re- ducing the quorum needed for a Town Meeting. This issue remains under review. We continued our endeavors at proofreading the Town Charter and By-Laws. A third reading of the updating of this document is currently underway. HALL-HASKELL HOUSE COMMITTEE Vivian Endicott, Chairman During 1984 our Committee has been granted $5,000 from the Alice P. Chase Trust of the Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Company. Also, through our requests for further support from people of Ipswich, we have received $3,983; gifts ranging from $2 to $500. The Committee is committed to its job of restoring the Hall -Haskell House, and is eager to get all the programs planned for the Little Red House under way. **•*•* HARBORMASTER Michael Holland Ipswich residents have the beauty and the enjoyment of the Town's extensive waterways. But there is also the responsibility to preserve them and to protect the people using them. Ipswich has made a commitment to its Waterways' program; progress is steady. -36- The primary focus of the Harbormaster was to increase revenues for a more work- able budget. To accomplish this end, a mooring process was started which is proving successful. The mooring services are requiring the largest expenditures of monies from the budget. To enable the Harbormaster's budget to keep pace with the amount of money necessary to accomplish other programs, a Mooring Processing Fee was recommended. A thank you to the IBYC Commodore Dave Gosse for his assis- tance this season. A police officer was paid from the budget to patrol the Town Landing on summer Sundays. This controlled the many problems which had been developing with the increased use of the ramp and left more time for the Harbormaster to be on the water. Increased cooperation with the Coast Guard was a primary task. A special thank you from both the Habormaster and the Coast Guard to Ralph Hebert and Herm Melanson for their time and assistance. A new type of marker was installed on a limited basis and proved to be a valuable navigational aid at Eagle Hill. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been contacted for ramp repairs, the Corps of Engineers has been contacted for dredging the river, and the Coast Guard has been contacted for spindles and markers. The floats at the Town Landing were either repaired or discarded and a replace- ment program has been initiated. To defray the expenses at the Town Landing, a launching fee was recommended to the Waterways Committee. The largest and most important duty, Safety Patrol, was most severely hampered by lack of a proper boat. A thank you to the Fire Department for their assistance in emergencies. Use of the Ipswich Waterways is growing at an unprecedented rate. While the Town received upwards of twenty hours of just Safety Patrol each week, it was not enough to be effective. I have been elected Vice-President of the Harbormaster's Association for the second year. Ipswich's progress is being watched and complimented. HEALTH DEPARTMENT Peter J. Gray, Agent 1984 has been a year of change for the Board of Health. Joseph Giancola, who served the Health Department as Agent for four years, left in May. In November the Department moved into the new offices, and we feel we will have better com- munications with other departments. Areas of enforcement include: Public Health codes, Sanitation, Septic and Trash Route inspections. The trash collection contract being administered has been pleasantly devoid of major complaints. The Solid Waste Transfer Station has been operated wery capably by Gerry Blaisdell. Many Townspeople are unaware of the existence of the Solid Waste Transfer Station on Town Farm Road. -37- Various clinics have been conducted. Approximately 400 doses of Flu vaccine were administered in October. Our thanks to Violet Demille, R.N. for running these clinics. The biological s/vaccines depot has been maintained for physicians. Permits issued for 1984: 64 Disposal Works Permits, 60 Food Sales and Service Permits and 16 Disposal Works Installers Permits. The Board of Health meets on the first Monday evening of each month with addi- tional meetings as needed. The Sealer of Weights and Measures performs numerous functions as required by the National Bureau of Standards, directed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; the Gen- eral Laws of Massachusetts as related to Weights and Measures and the rules and regulations of the State Division of Standards, now called the Division of Con- sumer Affairs and the Town of Ipswich ordinances. Administrative, clerk and laboratory functions were performed at various industrial, commercial plants, stores and drug stores in the Town of Ipswich. The following is a synopsis of work performed by Normand J. Bedard, Sealer of Weights and Measures during 1984: Scales and balances, adjusted, tested and sealed 66 Avoirdupois weights; Apothecary, Troy and Metric Weights tested and sealed 79 Scales condemned by the State Bureau of Standards 2 Scales and balances not sealed 5 Gasoline pumps tested and sealed 71 Gasoline pumps adjusted before sealing 1 Gasoline pumps tested and not sealed 1 Oil truck meters tested and sealed 9 Oil truck meters tested and adjusted before sealing 2 Warnings issued to oil truck drivers for broken seals, in transit 2 Leather measuring machine tested and sealed 1 Complaints from Ipswich residents concering wood shortages (stove wood) 2 Number of breads reweighed and checked for correct weight 35 Number of breads reweighed and found incorrect 5 Number of oil trucks inspected for heating oil while in transit 9 Meats reweighed for correct weight and price 35 Meats reweighed and found incorrect 6 Turkeys and poultry reweighed for correct weight and price 60 Turkeys and poultry reweighed and found incorrect, then repriced 14 Drug store balances tested and sealed 3 Drug store weights; apothecary, troy and metric tested and sealed 79 Platform scales, over 10,000 lbs. inspected by State Bureau Division 3 Platform scales, over 10,000 lbs. condemned by State Bureau Division 2 Platform scales, over 10,000 lbs. to be retested, repaired, then sealed 3 Sealing fees received and paid to the Town Treasurer: $1,212.00 HISTORICAL COMMISSION Mary P. Conley, Chairman The Historical Commission during the 1984 year applied many of its efforts toward assisting the Town with the celebration of its 350th Anniversary. Two members of the Commission, Alice Keenan and Mary Conley, became members of the Anniversary Committee, and, in that capacity and with the participation of Elizabeth Newton of the Ipswich Historical Society, researched, wrote and published a brief his- tory of the Town's 350 years. -38- The Commission also assisted the Historical Society with the events which the Society was sponsoring as part of the Anniversary celebration, especially the burying of the Time Capsule on August 4th. Ruthann Rogers of the Commission planned and arranged an exhibition of handsome photographs of interesting old Ipswich houses, the work of several local photog- raphers. The exhibition was on display in the windows of the Essex County Gas Company and drew an appreciative audience during and after the 350th Anniversary events. Barbara Emberly of the Commission was responsible for distributing copies of "Something to Preserve" to local stores and handling the finances of the sales. In the late fall as the Town Hall was undergoing renovation, the Commission be- came concerned about the safety and security of the Town Records, and voted to have a consultant from the Northeast Document Center study the situation and re- port on the Records' condition .and the Town's plans for future storage. The Commission made that report and its recommendations available to the Town Clerk and the Town Manager. In line with its concern for the preservation of the Town's oldest houses, the Commission was pleased to know that the old Conant House on Linebrook Road was finally saved from demolition through the efforts of a concerned realtor, a sav- ings institution and a young man who took on the difficult task of restoration. HOUSING AUTHORITY Lei and Schoen, Chairman The Ipswich Housing Authority was organized under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 121-B and provides safe, decent and sanitary housing with many ancillary services for 338 households of approximately 670 residents through the following projects: Agawam Village Elderly Project 667-4, was built in 1979 and contains 80 apart- ments, eight of which are designed for wheelchair maneuverability. These are all electric apartments, and tenants pay 25% of their adjusted gross income for rent including utilities. The development includes such amenities as laundry rooms, a dining-recreation hall, and a small multi-purpose building with a greenhouse attachment. Agawam Village Family Project 705-1, also built in 1979 contains 14 apartments for low-income families as follows: two-four bedroom units, eight-three bedroom units, and four-two bedroom units. These units have all electric utilities, full basements, and individual yard areas. Tenants pay 25% of their adjusted gross income for rent including utilities. Southern Heights Veteran's Project 200-1, was built in 1950. It consists of two- four bedroom apartments, eight-three bedroom apartments, and 14-two bedroom apartments. Veterans have priority for these units. However, a non-veteran family may be housed here if there is no qualifying veteran on the list or an emergency situation arises. Tenants pay 17% of their adjusted income for shelter rent and pay their own utilities. Southern Manor Project 667-C-2, was built in 1957 and consist of 20-one bedroom apartments for the elderly. Tenants here can share in the amenities provided at the adjacent Agawam Village. Rents are based on 25% of a tenant's adjusted gross income and includes all utilities. -39- Whittier Park Project 667-C2, was built in 1968. In consists of 100-one bedroom units for elderly or handicapped tenants located on Caroline Avenue. The facili- ties provided at this location include a T.V. room, library, recreation-dining hall and laundry room. Tenants pay 25% of their adjusted gross income for rent which includes all utilities. There are two Rental Assistance Programs administered by the Housing Authority which are: Chapter 70 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth help subsidize 85 low-income families and individuals who live in privately-owned apartments while paying 25% of their net income for rent and utilities. The Authority makes up the difference between that amount and the agreed upon rent for the unit. This is a state program. In Section 8 there are an additional 15 units of federally subsidized housing provided through the Housing Act of 1949 as amended. These are administered similarly to the State's program except that tenants pay up to 30% of their adjusted income for rent. Apartments under this program may be leased in cer- tain participating communities outside of Ipswich. Congregate lunch programs are available for the elderly at both Whittier Park and Agawam Village five days per week. Meals on wheels are also distributed out of the Agawam Village kitchen for our handicapped tenants as well as those house- bound in town. This past summer the Authority also conducted a successful summer recreation program for resident children. A mini-bus is provided to all elderly tenants for scheduled routes including three shopping trips per week. Our office at One Agawam Village is open from 8:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. on week- days and a 24 hour emergency maintenance response system is available at all times. INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION Paul R. Beswick, Chairman The Industrial Development Commission throughout the past few years has curtailed its activities substantially. The 1981 Town Meeting did not vote to furnish the necessary finance to develop the proposed Industrial Park off High Street at Mitchell Road. Accordingly, the Commission today limits its role to furnishing reference information for companies wishing to locate in Ipswich and attending seminars such as those sponsored by the Commonwealth on matters of Industrial Development. The past few years has also seen industrial expansion and growth along the Route 1 portion of Ipswich. As property in this area becomes further developed, more expansion and growth is expected. The Commission will continue its function relative to attracting and developing light, non-polluting industry to not only the Indsutrail Park site, but to other appropriate locations within the town as well. In these endeavors eyery effort is also made to maintain the character, historical significance and tradition of this Historic Town. ■k-k-k-k-k-k -40- IPSWICH ARTS COUNCIL Helen L. Eames, Chairman The Ipswich Arts Council met twice this year to hear the cases of applicants for grants. The applicants were advised of the Committee's procedure: adherence to the guidelines of the Massachusetts Arts Lottery Council. After the applicants' presentations, the Committee determined which applicants were eligible, and what part of an individual request could be granted. **•*•• LIBRARY Eleanor M. Gaunt, Librarian During 1984, the use of the library increased by nearly 2,000 individual visits over last year for a total of 31,230. Similarly, use of reference materials in- creased by 1,300 to a high of 17,765 inquiries, suggesting greater use of mater- ials within the library building. Total circulation of books, records, cassettes, magazines and pamphlets was 82,905 in 286 days open; an average of 7.2 items per capita. Over 500 new library cards were issued, and we borrowed 250 books from other libraries for the use of Ipswich people; 50 16 mm. films, and loaned out 95 books to other libraries. The library began purchasing cassettes of popular music and some famous works of fiction for use both in the home and automobile; 2,549 new books were added, bringing the total number of volumes in the library to 65,878, and we added 139 new recordings. "Public Apple", a He system with printer, was installed in December permitting parents and other adults to join in the computer literacy of the time and share in the knowledge many of their children are acquiring in their schools. Availa- bility of word-processing and spreadsheet software was a consideration in making the system attractive to local business and professional people. A complete inventory of the library's book collection was caried out in May; a task which had not been done in 20 years. Its purpose was to bring outdated records up to date and permit analysis of unlocated materials. The Children's Room held three story hours each week for children 2i-5 years of age. They were very well attended, with about 20 children in each group. Older children enjoyed special programs, such as checkers competitions and Dungeon and Dragons Club. During the summer there were three separate reading groups: "Read- ing Rainbow", "Go for the Gold", and "Hats off to Ipswich". The Friends of the Public Library deserve a special vote of thanks, not only for undertaking a most successful fund drive, but for their ongoing suport of library programs. Boston-based author Padraig 0'Malley spoke to a large audience on the subject of Northern Ireland and for the children, a series of four Walt Disney films was provided. The number of active volunteers has grown to eight, who, in all, devote 20 hours of their time per week to helping out in many areas of the library's operations, including mending of books, and preparation of materials for circulation. Their efforts are greatly appreciated. For its contribution to Ipswich's 350th Celebration, the library undertook a pub- lication project in collaboration with the Education Committee of the Ipswich -41- Woman's Club. The "Panorama of Old Ipswich" is a pictorial record of the Town's history as seen through old postcards. In conclusion, we'd like to remind you that your library is more than a book col- lection—it's your information place too, so call or visit YOUR library in 1985 and see what's new for you! Library Trustees' Report Crocker Snow, Chairman With the strong support of the Town Manager, the Selectmen and the Finance Com- mittee, the 1984 Town Meeting unanimously voted an appropriation for a much- needed library addition. The end result; the first major improvement in forty years will be a 50% increase in the Children's Library space, and a separate, secure, climate-controlled archival area for the Town's historical and genealogical collections. The new construction was essentially completed in December 1984. It remains un- furnished due to lack of funds. Faced with waiting for the 1985 Town Meeting, and a further delay of six months, the Trustees enlisted the Friends of the Library in a fundraiser to "Finish and Furnish the Job". With great cooperation from the generous people and businesses of Ipswich, the fund-raiser went over the top, the furniture and fixtures were ordered by the Friends, and the enlarged and improved library should be open for business about April 01, 1985. PLANNING BOARD Barbara F. Ostberg, Chairman The Planning Board had a very active year in 1984. It initiated several Zoning By-Law amendments in reference to Definitions, Screening Requirements, and Signs; and after considerable input from citizens and the Town Manager and his staff amended both the Rules and Regulations Governing Subdivisions and Rules and Regu- lations Governing the Granting of Special Permits. The latter allows the Plan- ning Board to better monitor the new Aquifer Protection By-Law. A major portion of the Board's time was spent responding to Special Permit Appli- cations; most notably a request for multi -family units off Kimball Avenue and for a golf /country club on some 350 plus acres off Route 1. On this latter project, the Board worked closely with the Water Supply Committee to ensure the proper pro- tection of the Water District. The Board has also responded to several Preliminary Plans for subdivisions and these plus the press of routine business including numerous weekend site visits and the consequent lack of time for study of long range issues, persuaded the Board to create the Advisory Committee to the Planning Board. This group, com- posed of members from other Town Boards and interested citizens, has been active since June. Among its achievements is a comprehensive study of the underutilized lots in the IR and B Districts and the potential for multi-family units. The present chairman is William Bingham. Communication with other Town Boards is greatly simplified by the new office location in Town Hall. The Planning Board is particularly pleased with its excel- lent working arrangement with the Town Manager and his staff on review of Plans. Their input has been extremely helpful. -42- Membership on the Planning Board has remained stable which greatly facilitates the Board's ability to respond to its multitudinous responsibilities. It was, however, with great regret that the Board received the resignation of Jean Dauer, secretary to the Planning Board for the past six years. The population of Ipswich now stands at 11,519. 83 occupancy permits were granted in 1984 for new dwelling units; more than double the number granted in 1983. This spurt in growth, plus the building proposals that await action, pre- sent the people of Ipswich and the Planning Board as their respresentati ves with a challenge if Ipswich is to maintain its small town character and open space. POLICE DEPARTMENT Armand R. Brouillette, Chief The Police Department answered a total of 9,394 complaints during the calendar year 1984 and made 513 arrests for various criminal violations. There were 490 summonses served and 625 non-crminal motor vehicle citations issued. We also ticketed 919 motor vehicles for parking violations. A breakdown of some of the statistics are as follows Breaking & Entering 76 Larcenies 159 Stolen Motor Vehicles 18 Stolen Boats & Motors 20 Domestic Complaints 86 Commitment to State Hospitals 13 Missing Persons 37 Assaults and Threats 214 Accidents 585 Businesses Found Open Sudden Deaths Recovered Motor Vehicles Recovered Boats/Motors Vandal ism Protective Custody Accidents With Injury Accident Fatalities 225 18 27 4 325 65 78 2 As you can see, we have failed to reduce accidents and injuries from last year. We will continue to strictly enforce moving motor vehicle violations to lower these statistics. The Police Department is staffed with 21 police officers and one clerk. We have asked the Town to increase the staff by one police officer. We expect to move into our newly-renovated building on Elm Street in the early soring of 1985. PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT Armand T. Michaud, Director The Public Works Department coordinates the activities of the following divisions Public Works Administration, Highway, Forestry, Equipment Maintenance, Town Hall/ Annex and Municipal Garage Building Maintenance and Snow and Ice Control. Each divi'sion is charged with particular responsibilities relating to its duties. When additional manpower is required to perform specific tasks, personnel are interchanged within the divisions. Below is a summary of the work completed by each of the Public Works Divisions. -43- Snow and Ice Control The Public Works Divisions combine their work forces during the winter months. Work consists of plowing roads, hauling snow, sanding, salting roadways, filling sand barrels, cleaning catchbasins, clearing snow away from hydrants and answer- ing miscellaneous complaints. Other personnel assisting the Public Works crews during the height of the snow storms were from the Cemetery and Water Departments Also utilized were the services of ten private contractors. Equipment Maintenance Division Robert Hetnar, Diesel Mechanic All Public Works vehicles are serviced and repaired at the Municipal Garage. At present there are 30 pieces of motorized equipment that must be kept in good oper. ating condition to insure its availability when needed. Operation cost records showing maintenance and gas/oil expenses on each vehicle can be obtained from the Public Works Administration Office in the Town Hall. Also, minor repairs and general servicing is done to the Police cars. Repairs were made to the north end wall and part of the rear wall of the Munici- pal Garage and a new 10,000 gallon gasoline tank was put in the ground replacing two older tanks (one that had started to leak). Building Maintenance Division Joseph Reilly, Custodian Routine maintenance and minor repairs were performed at the Town Hall, Annex and Municipal Garage throughout the year. Highway Division Norman Stone, Foreman The Highway Division, which is the largest in the Public Works Department, is charged with the maintenance and repairing of the Town's streets and drainage systems. The winter schedule consists mainly cf Snow and Ice Control and routine maintenance which does not require excavations. During the other three seasons, the men are kept busy with projects varying from road construction to street sweeping . Normal maintenance consists of patching streets, repairing drains and catchbasins and repairing sidewalks. A section of concrete sidewalk on South Main Street at Choate Bridge and a section on North Main Street was repaired. Drainage systems were installed on Linebrook Road, Kimball Avenue, Roberts Road, Lakeman's Lane, Juniper Street and Chebacco Road. Several plugged drains were cleared. All catchbasins were cleaned. A section of High Street from the State line through Lord's Square was resurfaced Argilla Road was reclaimed and resurfaced from Heartbreak Road to County Road. A total of 1,038 feet of steel beam guard rail was installed on Linebrook Road, North Ridge Road, East Street and Argilla Road. All Town roads and sidewalks were swept in the spring to rid them of winter sand deposits. Street sweeping was performed twice a week in the downtown area from April to December, with the exception of June and July when they were done three times weekly. Crosswalks, parking spaces and traffic lines were painted in the downtown area. As in previous years, crosswalks were painted green. Also, 171,695 lineal feet of center lines and fog lines were painted. Roadside mowing was done. All gravel roads were graded. -44- The Highway Division purchased two new trucks during 1984. Chapter 90 Money was spent for engineering services for Fox Creek Bridge. Special Articles Mill Road Bridge had major repairs done to it in 1984. Town Hall renovations are nearly completed allowing the public the convenience of having all Town offices under one roof for the first time in many years. Forestry Division Robert Comeau, Leader The mitigation of the Dutch Elm Disease has again been one of the principal con- cerns of the Forestry Division. Approximately 175 beetle infested Elm trees were removed as well as Maples, Oaks, Lindens and Pines. Each first grade student was given an Ash tree to take home, plant and care for in observance of Arbor Day. The Forestry Division planted approximately 110 trees around Town. Also, they planted several trees for the local Garden Clubs. Spraying was done in several areas of Town to combat Elm Bark Beetle. Round-up and Krenite S was sprayed along several miles of roadside to control brush and weeds. Amate was used to control the spread of poison ivy. Other work performed by the Forestry Division consisted of trimming and pruning trees, cutting brush, roadside mowing, removing fallen trees, removing limbs, setting up voting booths for election and setting up for Annual and Special Town Meetings. RECREATION AND YOUTH DEPARTMENT Elizabeth M. Dorman, Director A wide variety of activities and programs were offered by the Recreation and Youth Department for the people of Ipswich. Children's offerings included summer swim instructions, tennis lessons, and a playground program with daily sports and arts and crafts activities, competitions, field trips, and special events such as the July 4th parade and field day and the Halloween parade and program. An after, school gym/swim program was initiated at the Beverly YMCA with transportation pro- vided to and from local schools. Other activities included introductory basket- ball, a series of trips and activities during school vacations, and a special children's Saturday program. The Teen-Age Drop-In Center at the Memorial Building was open on weekend nights during the whole year for a variety of activities including pool, ping-pong, floor hockey, T.V., trips for shopping, skating, skiing, and special activities included movies and dances. For adults, programs in volleyball and basketball were continued on Sundays and weekday evenings, and trips were organized to an ice show, the Boston Pops, and a dinner and theatre evening in Boston. Offerings at the Memorial Building in- cluded aerobics, dog obedience classes, CPR training, and senior citizens line dancing. Other senior citizen's activities included a special middle school con- cert and trips to Willowbrook Victorian Village, Lowell's Mill and Canal Tour, -45- Quincy Market and Boston Harbor, a Budweiser plant, Lake Winnipesaukee cruise, and shopping at the Fox Run Mall. Several special activities and events were organized for multi-age groups includ- ing a summer track program, the annual Ipswich Marathon, an outdoor block dance, and the summer community band. Many special events were also planned for the Town's 350th Anniversary celebration including the Great Ipswich River Raft Race. Another new event, a Mini -Triathalon, was held at Crane's Beach, and a volleyball net was installed there for use by Ipswich residents. A men's twilight Softball league encouraged greater evening use of the lighted facilities at Bialek Park, and a night supervisor was available there to handle lights and provide equipment for informal recreation activities such as volleyball, Softball, horseshoes and tennis . The Recreation Department again assumed responsibility for beach stickers and field use permits. A total of 5,800 stickers were issued for such things as full-time residents, summer residents, one day passes, fishermen and horse vans. A total of 269 permits were issued for Softball, basketball, and tennis use dur- ing spring and summer seasons. Continued cooperation with the School Department allowed a sharing of resources and facilities. Recreation programs were held in School gyms as well as on school fields and tennis courts. The School Department used fields at Bialek Park for some high school sports and the Memorial Building for pre-school screen- ing, cheerleading practice and a Great Books Training Seminar. Alliances were also contineud with other town agencies such as veterans' groups, senior citizen's groups, youth and adult sports groups, adult education, "Creative Ventures" chil- dren's offerings, Scout and Campfire groups, and the 350th Anniversary Committee. Some of the groups used the Memorial Building for meetings and registration activities. The Recreation Committee, composed of seven members of the community, and the Recreation Director met regularly througout the year to discuss recreation pro- grams, plans, and policies. Members of the Committee frequently helped in the supervision of many of the department's activities such as the Marathon, Hallow- een, Summer Track and vacation programs. Also, a large number of volunteers from the community helped out by coaching teams, chaperoning trips and supervising major recreation events. Their support has made it possible for us to continue offering a broad scope of activities for the people of Ipswich. SCHOOL DEPARTMENT SCHOOL COMMITTEE Marjorie Robie, Chairwoman During 1984, negotiation of a new contract with the Ipswich Teachers' Association occupied both time and effort. However, this negotiation process reaffirmed the intention of the School Committee to move steadily toward equitable salaries for teachers and concurrently to maintain facilities and equipment, and to provide appropriate materials of instruction. In addition, the School Committee: Approved policies on such varied topics as drugs, homework and bus conduct. Undertook a comprehensive study of curriculum to facilitiate long-range planning. Completed computer facilities in each school enabling e\/ery student to have computer training time. -46- Conducted the first School Committee public self-evaluation in this area. Welcomed 118 kindergarten students and graduated 128 seniors. The School Committee greatly appreciates the wide support for education from the citizens of Ipswich. SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS Richard F. Thompson During 1984, the test scores for Ipswich students were increased from the year before in e\/ery major area of assessment. For this, we are all pleased. Cer- tainly the efforts of teachers, administrators, the School Committee, and the students should be applauded. The Curriculum and Instruction. Council , in conjunction with the staff, aided in this success with its work in the following areas: 1. Reviewed and revised instructional goals and the homework policy 2. Supported the writing project 3. Mapped and reduced to writing the elementary math curriculum concepts 4. Encouraged teachers to upgrade their teaching skills 5. Provided summer workshops on computer related topics Further, 1984 saw improvement in our educational facilities. We painted and car- peted, cleaned and repaired or replaced school furniture and equipment. In one case, the high school library, we refurbished the entire facility. Unfortunately, the theft of the computers limited the computer program in two buildings. For several years Ipswich has had a declining student enrollment. In order to keep a reasonable financial balance, we have decreased our number of teachers as students decreased; however, 1984 seems to be marking a slowing of this trend. We actually saw an increase in students at our elementary level. This change may have significant effects in the future, if the growth continues. Lastly, I do want to comment on the long negotiation process between the Ipswich Teachers' Association and the Ipswich School Committee. Certainly, 13 months of negotiations for any organization does not help the overall atmosphere of an edu- cational instituion. The process was emotionally draining for everyone involved, and needs to be remembered as we again begin our negotiations in the fall of 1985. In summary, the 1983/1984 school year was an excellent one in terms of system-wide growth and achievement. HIGH SCHOOL Joseph R. Rogers, Principal Evidences of continued academic growth have persisted during the past few years. However, during 1983-1984 we saw an even more positive upward movement of test scores and pupils' academic growth. Our students continue to enjoy the benefits of a small, personalized high school which employs highly individualized methods of instruction. Our professional staff has provided outstanding services which have reflected in the overall excellent vocational and educational placement of our pupils after graduation. -47- The schools have been called upon to perform extra-ordinary human services. We now employ a non-teaching staff to assist pupils and their families through the years of adolescent turmoil which are often accompanied by upheavals in their domestic situations. Our teachers are called upon regularly to work with a variety of resource agencies who are attempting to aid the youngsters. As noted, the complexion of responsibilities of the classroom teacher are many. All curriculum areas are in a constant state of flux as in our society. Pupil needs are being met whenever possible. The computer is being utilized as a learn^ ing assist in all academic disciplines. Through the generosity of the School Committee, our pupils in Advance Placement programs now can receive partial funding for their A. P. exams. Anticipated decline in enrollment has not yet materialized; we still have 530 pupils for whom we are providing services. The mood of the school at its closing in June was extremely positive. Summer employment opportunities for pupils abounded; in fact, we were unable to provide employers with employees as there were more jobs than workers. RALPH C. WHIPPLE MEMORIAL SCHOOL Ronald Landman, Principal During 1984 the Ralph C. Whipple Memorial School provided educational services to eighth, seventh and sixth grade students. The Middle School's tenet of offer- ing many academic/social/physical/emotional activities motivated numerous faculty to offer a wide range of services. Art teacher Ann Ayers entered students' works to the Globe Art Contest for the first time. The result was two gold key winners, the highest distinction in the regional competition. Music teacher Carolyn Sawyer supervised two major activi- ties. The first was the choral district competition in which several of our stu- dents excelled. Secondly, she coordinated the volunteerism of Mrs. Ayers, home economics teacher Sharyn Schnepel , industrial arts teacher Bill Jodz and choreog- rapher Page Mercer to produce the outstanding musical Jacob and the Amazing Tech- nicolor Dreamcoat". The physical education department, i.e., Ell i e Knowles and Steve Hopping, volun- teered time to coordinate monthly road races. They culminated this with the annual 4i mile trek "Run for the Sun" on Crane's Beach Picnic Day. In the academics, numerous faculty enriched the school programs. The most note- worthy was the science fair voluntarily coordinated by Teri Ebinger, John Ferrick and Karen Festa. More than two hundred students took advantage of this to ex- hibit their scientific creativity and expertise. Foreign language teachers Jean Cocuzzo and Elvira Borsari used activity periods to expose sixth grade students to French and Spanish. The math program continued to be enriched through local, regional, and national competition. Ms. Betty Sackrison's math team continued to finish impressively in competition with six neighboring school systems. Jayne Rotsko coordinated the social studies students for a very successful presidential debate followed by a school -wide mock election. English teachers, Louise Cynkus, Barry Hopping and Frank Vidmar, contributed time to allow student participation in the Salem Evening News Spelling Bee. In addition, media specialist Ethel Rooers wrote an excellent curriculum for teaching computer literacy in a middle school. Mrs. Linda McKenna, a guidance counselor, organized the third annual "Career Day". Mr. John Yeannakopoulos' Memorial Day Assembly once again aroused the sentiment of patriotism for students, faculty and community. -48- In summary, 1984 had to be evaluated as a wealthy year for all the students. All this directly resulted from faculty commitment. PAUL F. DOYON MEMORIAL SCHOOL William E. Waitt, Jr., Principal During 1984 Doyon School continued to offer a sound educational program centering on the basic skills with concerns for the improvement of the quality of our offer ■ ings. Staff concentrated on writing skills development and the complete overhaul of our mathematics curriculum. As a result of this study, a completely new math text was purchased and introduced in all classrooms, kindergarten through grade five. Continued growth in computer skills resumed with the replacment of our stolen computers in late April. The Burley Fund and the Brown School Fund donated money enough to purchase an additional two computer stations. We are very thankful for this support. September began our 20th year of service as the Town's newest school after a busy summer making needed repairs. New doors were required on the two rear entrances. Painting, univent work, roof repairs and the addition of handicapped toilet facil- ities completed our renewal work. An additional first grade was required to handle an unexpected increase in stu- dents. Our staff consists of 35 professional personnel with a service staff of 12. The 444 students (as of October 01) were cared for by 19 teachers, one prin- cipal, eight specialists, three teacher aides, one guidance counselor, one librar- ian, a half-time nurse, two speech therapists and a part-time occupational thera- pist. A corps of service staff includes the secretary, three custodians, three part-time lunch aides, and three full-time and two part-time food service employ- ees. Two long-time employees, Lynne Clarkin, secretary of nine years, and Maudine Fee, teacher of 10 years' service, moved on to other exciting work. No report would be complete without a hearty thank-you for the enthusiastic sup- port of our parent group, the Friends of Doyon School, and the efforts of many Retired Senior Volunteer Program volunteers and others. Their help, the finan- cial support of the Town, and a professional, caring staff have combined to make us a strong, successful educational institution. ****** WINTHROP SCHOOL Daniel P. Wilson, Principal The Winthrop School continues to provide a quality educational program for stu- dents from kindergarten through grade five. After the sixth graders were trans- ferred to the Middle School, this past year has been primarily a year of refining programs that exist for our students. A joint effort of teachers from the two elementary schools produced an updated math curriculum which has been distributed to all teachers. We have continued to implement and refine the computer curricu- lum which was initiated last year. All children from first grade on spend time learning computer skills each w^ek . The writing program which was started last year is continuing. -49- After holding at about 246 students throughout the spring of the year, enrollment has gradua.lly increased during the fall months to a total of 270 students at the end of December. Projections suggest that enrollment will continue to rise in the foreseeable future. We are greatly appreciative of the parental support and assistance we have exper- ienced at Winthrop School. Many individual parents have volunteered time to help in classrooms, the library and around school during the past year. Last spring we sent out 90 invitations to people who had volunteered their time to attend our annual Volunteer Tea. The Friends of Winthrop have provided tremendous support with a number of projects around school. Thank you to all who have helped. DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL SERVICES Elizabeth J. Geanakakis, Administrator Department goals addressed and accomplished during the 1983-1984 school year were as follows: 1. To improve instruction and to implement for the Department of Special Ser- vices' teachers. 2. Using the SEER data entry form, program on the Apple He all required infor- mation on 1983-1984 SPED students. 3. Develop a committee to review literature and investigate existing computer- ized individual educational plans for possible adaptation in our school sys- tem. 4. Solicit and encourage SPED parents at the elementary and middle school levels to link with existing parent friends' groups. 5. Arrange for an inservice awareness and information exchange workshop for Collaborative (Ipswich, Hamilton/Wenham, Essex, Manchester and Rockport) SPED personnel . 6. To update and revise the Ipswich Department of Special Services' Procedures Manual . 7. To implement the writing program by John Collins, Ed.D. for all special edu- cation students who demonstrate the ability to benefit from the acitivites at this time. A Commonwealth Inservice Grant of $984 was developed by Mary Hurwitz, generic teacher at the Doyon School. The grant, "Parent Awareness Training" made parents aware of their rights and responsibilities under 766 evaluation process. Mr. Thompson, Superintendent, with final School Committee approval, redesigned an organizational chart of the Ipswich Public Schools reflecting responsibilities for supervision, budgeting, and interface between regular and special education. As a result of this process, approval was given to change the name of the Depart- ment of Special Education to that of Department of Special Services which more accurately reflects its composition of SPED teachers, aides, speech pathologists, school psychologist, school adjustment counselor, educational diagnostician, occu- pational therapist, pre-school , early childhood teacher, nurses, and special needs van drivers. Vi DeMille and Helen Barry, school nurses, developed an extensive Health Manual, a resource for requirements, procedures, and proper form use. High school guidance counselors, Joyce McNeill and Eileen Knakkergaard, with Betty Milligan as organizer and Eileen Linehan, their secretary, arranged for a highly successful "Women's Career Day". -50- During the 1983-1984 school year, department personnel held 131 team evaluations, screened 187 pre-school and pre-kindergarten children, and conducted 136 reviews (required yearly for SPED students). 350th ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE Joseph W. Carpenter, Chairman 1984 was a year of celebration and unity in the Town of Ipswich. Celebrating our 350th Anniversary, Ipswich ("The Birthplace of American Independence") sponsored a variety of activities, enjoyed by e\/ery aspect of townspeople. The following is a synopsis of the year's events hosted by your Town: • Colonial Ball at Castle Hill, where the Westbrook, CT Colonial Drum Corps per- formed and where the festivities were enjoyed by all of the costumed partici- pants. • Kick-Off Parade. The official opening ceremonies began with many marching units from numerous states performing on the high school football field. Arts, Crafts, and Food Booths sold their wares throughout the weekend. The history and raising of the liberty pole and a mock battle between the British and Militia were re-enacted. Also, many of the marching units camped on the high school grounds in 18th Century fashion. Although physically dampened by intense rains throughout the weekend, spirits were high! Impressed by the unity of Ipswich's townspeople, numerous marching units requested to reappear in the Town's Finale Parade. For your support during this weekend, the Committee genuinely thanks you! • Ipswich River Pagent. Directed by Janet Taisey Craft, the Ipswich Moving Company performed a dance in celebration of the River. t The Great Ipswich Fiddlers' Contest. Sponsored by the Ipswich Humane Group, the contest was a huge success! Although a first in Ipswich, the contest in- cluded participants throughout the New England States. • Community Fair. Antique cars, a money wheel, small carnival, two live bands and over 60 arts, crafts and food booths gathered on the grounds of Don Bosco. An original composition, by Florence Owsiak in honor of Ipswich, was debuted. Although competing with extreme heat, the Fair was enjoyed by all. • Carnival. A family-styled carnival was an obvious 'hit' with the younger townspeople! t The Great Ipswich River Raft Race. Thanks to the cooperation and assistance of the Ipswich Outboard Club, the first annual Great Ipswich River Raft Race was equally enjoyed by participants and observers! • Fireman's Muster. After years of absence, a Fireman's Muster once again took place in Ipswich. It was a fun-filled day for all ages! • 50's Dance. Co-sponsored by the K Club, over 500 former Teen Club Members and friends jammed into the K Club hall and joyously participated in a reunion. • Time Capsule. Sponsored by the Ipswich Historical Society, the community band performed and speeches were made by invited guests during the burial of the ^51- Town's time capsule. The burial took place on the grounds of the Old South Parish House. An interesting object to be unearthed years from now! • Fireworks. For those of you who witnessed the display, we're confident you will agree that there are numerous adjectives to describe the exhibition: beautiful, brilliant, magnificent, etc.!! For those of you who were unable to observe the display, it is hoped that the 1984 fireworks were the first of an annual event. t Finale Parade. Marching units (from numerous states), floats, antique cars, the Town of Essex (which was a part of Ipswich in the 1600' s) and various other marchers were among many groups participating in the Town's grand Finale Parade. I know I speak for all the 350th Committee when I sincerely thank you, the Towns people of Ipswich, for your participation and support in celebrating the 350th Anniversary of our Town which we love so dearly! Thank you! TOWN CLERK Isobel N. Coulombe Comparative Vital Statistics recorded in the past four years: 1981 1982 1983 1984 Births 139 134 145 138 Deaths 94 116 110 107 Marriages 83 96 111 82 There were 77 females and 61 males born to Ipswich residents in 1984. Of the total number of deaths recorded (59 males, 48 females), 98 were residents; the oldest resident was 105 years old, the youngest was 19 years old. Of the 82 marriages recorded in Ipswich, 30 took place elsewhere; in 19 marriages, one party was a non-resident; in 15, both parties were non-resident. DOG LICENSES 1982 1983 1984 Males 762 674 634 Females 82 64 64 Spayed Females 651 608 533 Kennels 21 25 25 Total 1516 1371 1256 SHELLFISH LICENSES & PERMITS 1984 Resident Yearly 178 Resident Family 94 Resident Commercial 80 Non-resident Yearly 91 Non-resident Daily 24 Non-resident Commercial 50 Non-resident Commercial Rack Tickets 2210 "Over 60" Resident Recreational 21 2748 = $28,422.00 Town Elections: The Annual Meeting for the Election of Town Officers was held in accordance with the Warrant on Monday, April 09, 1984 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The ballot box in Precinct 1 registered 649 ballots cast; in Precinct 2, 776; in Precinct 3, -52- 551; in Precinct 4, 863; for a total of 2839 votes cast in the four precincts, out of 6927 registered voters. A Special Town Election, to fill a vacancy on the Board of Selectmen created by the death of Arthur S. LeClair, was held on Monday, October 29, 1984 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The ballot box in Precinct 1 registered 464 ballots cast; in Precinct 2, 513; in Precinct 3, 491; in Precinct 4, 571; for a total vote of 2039 out of 7383 registered voters. TOWN COUNSEL Charles C. Dalton 1984 was an active year on the legal front for the Town. A major civil rights suit against the Town in the Federal District Court involving the Town's refusal to issue building permits for undersized lots was dismissed by the Court; an appeal of the dismissal was taken by the lot owners; the Federal Court of Appeals has requested the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to answer material issues of state law. The case is presently pending in the Sumpreme Judicial Court. A case involving the provision of public water supply by the Town to Treadwell's Island has been tentatively settled after pending for two years. There was the usual volume of litigation involving the enforcement of the Town's Zoning By-Law. A long-standing dispute between the Town and Local 1913, I.A.F.F. before the State Labor Relations Commission remained undecided, although the Commission has had the case under advisement for more than 14 months. Most of the potential litigation between various Town Boards and Officials and those affected by their decisions and enforcement were settled through good faith negotiations between the Town and various citizens. Suits against the Town for alleged negligence on the part of several Town employ- ees resulting in financial losses to various persons showed a dangerous and potentially expensive growth during 1984. The Town acquired the "Sylvania" parking lot off Peatfield Street; a major acqui- sition that should alleviate the congested parking in the downtown area for years to come. ****** TREASURER-COLLECTOR George C. Mourikas The following bills were committed from the Assessor's Office for collection: Real Estate, Personal Property, Farm Excise, Boat Excise and Motor Vehicle Excise A schedule of receipts was rendered to the Town Accountant monthly. A record of Trust Fund transactions was maintained. All disbursements, both Town and School were processed through this office, and all receipts were deposited and faithfully recorded. -53- We have now implemented Excise, along with Real Estate, Personal Property and Water Collections with direct line terminal to a computer. VETERANS' SERVICES David E. Beeman, Director The Federal benefits processed by this Department are paid directly to those vet- erans who are eligible to receive such assistance. Over 90% of our activity stems from the Federal program. In the Town of Ipswich, approximately 1700 vet- erans and their dependents received $1,800,000 from the Veterans Administration. The community does not contribute to these benefits. WATER/SEWER DEPARTMENTS James E. Chase, Engineer Water Division Gilbert J. Elliott, Foreman The followinq extensions to our distribution system were added in 1984 Hayward Street 8" CLDI - 981 Feet Hayward Street 10" CLDI - 675 Feet 1982 1983 1984 New Meters Installed 26 47 34 Meters Replaced 59 73 141 Services Turned Off 76 85 88 Services Turned On 82 103 121 New Services 26 33 41 Services Discontinued 1 Hydrants Installed 5 4 1 Hydrants Replaced 2 3 2 New Water Mains Installed 2,800' 2,165' 1,655' Total Length of Mains 407,140' 409,305' 410,960' Water Services Metered Services 3,490 3,538 3,544 Unmetered Services 71 76 112 Summer Services 84 84 82 Water Usage Dow' s Reservoir 155, ,828,000 139 ,212,000 206, ,744,000 Brown ' s Well 49, ,559,000 70 ,665,000 63 ,790,000 Winthrop Wells 20 ,237,000 52 ,464,000 16 ,554, '000 Mile Lane Well 15, ,855,000 18, ,413,000 14, ,749,000 Essex Road Well 6 ,352,000 19, ,461,000 17, ,821,000 Fellow's Road Well 38 ,587,000 37, ,131,000 22, ,322,000 Total Water Usage 286 ,418,000 337 ,346,000 341, ,980,000 -54- Highest Day: 7/13/82 Highest Day: 7/11/83 Highest Day: 6/23/84 1,605,000 2,173,700 2,014,000 Sewer Division James J. Tebo, Chief Operator The following extensions to our sewer collection system were added in 1984 Spring Street 8" PVC - 858 Feet Highland Avenue 8" PVC - 442 Feet Hayward Street 8" PVC - 390 Feet 1982 1983 1984 Sewage Treated Daily (Average Gallons) Total Sewage Treated (Gallons) Highest Daily Flow: 6/05/82 Highest Daily Flow: 3/19/83 Highest Daily Flow: 6/03/84 Total Precipitation (Inches) Highest Daily Prec. 6/05/82 Highest Daily Prec. 11/24/83 Highest Daily Prec. 5/31/84 Treatment Average Influent Suspended Solids mgl Average Effluent Suspended Solids mgl Average percent Removal, S.S Average Influent BOD5 mgl Average Effluent BOD5 mgl Average Percent Removal BOD5 Average Eff 1 uent pH SI udge Dewatering Digested Sludge to Vacuum Filters (Gallons) Average Digested Sludge Percent Solids Vacuum Filter Sludge Cake to Disposal (Pounds) Average Vacuum Filter Sludge Cake % Solids 858,000 1,016,000 983,000 313,455,000 371,039,000 358,659,000 2,899,000 2,942,000 2,768,000 54.18 67.73 56.40 2.80 & 6/03/84 Chemicals Total Chlorine Disinfection (Pounds) Sludge Dewatering: Lime (Pounds) Ferric Chloride (Pounds) Collection System New Sewer Connections Total Sewer Connections 92 4.2 95 101 4.7 95 6.7 1,700,700 2.4 293,457 11.9 8,336 82,392 30,450 23 1,378 3.30 93 3.5 96 82 4.7 94 6.7 1,681,200 2.4 342,371 11.3 8,002 93,924 37,282 26 1,404 2.65 113 4.9 96 92 4.4 95 6.7 2,356,400 2.2 437,074 11.8 8,162 100,689 38,182 9 1,413 -55- WATER SUPPLY COMMITTEE James R. Engel , Chairman The efforts of the Water Supply Committee during Calendar Year 1984 were almost entirely devoted to activities related to the water filtration plant proposed for operation at Dow Brook Reservoir. The filtration plant preliminary design contract, initiated in June, 1983, was completd just prior to the Spring Town Meeting. The results of this design effort formed the basis of an article that was presented and subsequently adopted at Town Meeting. The article called for the detailed design and construction of a 2.5 million gallons per day water treatment plant, replacement of the Bull Brook Dam with a new and slightly larger structure, the design and construction of a hydraulic connection between Bull Brook Reservoir and Dow Brook Reservoir, and modification to the Dow Brook gate house and pump station. The article was overwhelmingly passed by Town Meeting. The final detailed design portion of the effort was initiated in June of 1984. All essential design details in the facility were completed by the end of the calendar year. The approximate timetable for the facility calls for design com- pletion by March of 1985, start of construction in mid to late summer 1985 and facility completion in late 1986. WATERWAYS ADVISORY COMMITTEE George C. Scott, Jr., Chairman This past year the Waterways Advisory Committee has been working to improve the Ipswich Waterways and to obtain better surveillance by, and awareness of, the Harbormaster. The Coast Guard has agreed to add a can buoy to mark the old Crane breakwater on the south side of the mouth of the Ipswich River off Little Neck. The Harbor- master put in a buoy here last year and the Coast Guard will handle this in the future. Also, the Coast Guard will change the red and black horizontally banded nun buoy (the PI urn Island Shoal buoy) to a red nun buoy to better mark the rocks on the north side of the Ipswich River Channel off Little Neck. In addition, the Coast Guard has agreed to add a "star", indicating rocks, on chart 13282 at the indicated four foot depth just west of the Bass Rock Spindle at apporoximately Lat. 42° 41.8' N, Hor. 70° 47.1' W. There are believed to be other rocks in the Plum Island Sound Channel which are troublesome to the larger and deeper draft sailboats now navigating PI urn Island Sound and it is hoped these rocks can be located and marked. Considerable time has been spent analyzing the pros and cons of launching fees at the Town Wharf Launching Ramp, and a report has been submitted to the Selectmen. A launching fee would be a "user fee" and would ameliorate the cost of surveil- lance and maintenance of the Town Wharf Ramps and approaches. Many of the users of the Town Wharf Ramp are not residents of Ipswich, so an appreciable percent of these monies will come from outside Ipswich. The Harbormaster should be commended for instigating better channel markers in areas not handled by the Coast Guard. -56- After several years of working on boat mooring requirements, this subject appears to be in hand and it is noted that Boat Excise Taxes are now 500% greater than they were before our efforts were directed to this problem. This Committee now believes enough boat excise taxes will be collected so that mooring fees will not be required as long as the Selectmen continue to advocate that 100% of the taxes will be available for the Harbormaster's budget and waterways improvements. How- ever, a small processing fee might become desirable to cover the costs of paper- work, postage and boat sitckers, etc. associated with the mooring program. ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS James Theodosopoulos, Chairman In 1984, 93 petitions were presented to the Zoning Board of Appeals, a new record. Of these, six were withdrawn and four were dismissed. Of the remaining petitions, 57 were requests for special permits, of which 54 were granted; 21 were requests for variances, of which six were granted; six were appeals from decisions of the building inspector, of which one was affirmed and five were reversed. During the year, William J. Murphy was re-appointed as a regular member for a five year term, and John R. Verani and Jeffry Simon were re-appointed as associ- ate members, each for a one year term. At its organizational meeting, the Board elected James Theodosopoulos and Allen G. Swan as Chairman and Vice Chairman, re- spectively. Later in the year Allen Swan resigned to accept appointment to the Finance Committee; he was replaced by Steven Brody. TOWN OF IPSWICH REVENUE SHARING HANDICAPPED REGULATIONS This notice is published pursuant to the requirements of Section 51.55 of the Revenue Sharing Regulations, as published in the Federal Register on October 17, 1983. Section 51.55 prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals be- cause of their handicapped status. The Town of Ipswich, Ipswich, Massachusetts advises the public, employees and job applicants that it does not discriminate on the basis of handicapped status in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activi- ties. The Town of Ipswich has designated the following (person or office) as the con- tact to coordinate efforts to comply with this requirement. Inquiries should be directed to: Name: George E. 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The following is a summary of the significant accounting policies: A. Fund Accounting The Town reports its financial activities in several funds and one account group in order to comply with the limitations and restrictions placed on both the resources made available to the Town and the services provided. The various funds are grouped in the financial statements in this report into six generic fund types and three broad fund categories as follows: GOVERNMENTAL FUNDS General Fund The general fund is the general operating fund of the Town. It is used to account for all financial resources except those required to be accounted for in another fund. S pecial Revenue Fund - General Revenue Sharing This special revenue fund is used to account for the proceeds of the State and Local Fiscal Assistance Act and their expenditures as prescribed by the Office of Federal Revenue Sharing. Special Revenue Funds - Other This special revenue fund is used to account for the proceeds of specific revenue resources (other than general revenue sharing, expendable trusts or major capital projects) that are legally restricted to expenditures for spec- ified purposes. C apital Projects Fund The capital projects funds are used to account for financial resources to be used for the acquisition or construction of major capital facilities (other than those financed by proprietary funds and trust funds). PROPRIETARY FUND Sewer - Water - Electric Funds Sewer, water, electric funds are used to account for operations (a) that are financed and operated in a manner similar to private business enterprises - where the intent of the governing body is that the costs of providing goods or services to the general public on a continuing basis be financed or recov- ered primarily through user charges; or (b) where the governing body has de- cided that periodic determination of revenues earned, expenses incurred, and/ or net income is appropriate for capital maintenance, public policy, manage- ment control, accountability, or other purposes where all financial transac- tions are maintained as separate funds - namely, Sewer Fund, Water Fund, Electric Fund. FIDUCIARY FUNDS T rust and Agency Funds Trust and agency funds are used to account for assets held by the Town in a trustee capacity or as an agent for individuals, private organizations, other governments and/or other funds. These include expendable trust, nonexpendable trust and agency funds. Nonexpendable trust funds are accounted for in a manner that permits the periodic measurement of revenues earned, expenses in- curred and/or net income in order to demonstrate maintenance of capital. Ex- -70- pendable trust funds are accounted for in essentially the same manner as gov- ernmental funds. Agency funds are custodial in nature (assets equal liabili- ties) and do not involve measurement of results of operations. ACCOUNT GROUP Long-Term Debt and Liabilities - Long-term liabilities expected to be financed from governmental funds are accumulated in the general long-term debt group of accounts. This account group is not a fund. It is only concerned with the measurement of financial position and, therefore, is not involved with a measurement of the results from any operations. B. Basis of Accounting The accompanying financial statements, except for the enterprise fund as noted below, have been prepared principally on the modified accrual basis of accounting. This method recognizes revenues when they become measurable and available. Expenses are recognized under this method as they are incurred. The accompanying financial statements of the enterprise fund have been pre- pared and presented on the accrual basis of accounting. Under this method, revenues are recognized in the accounting period in which they are earned and expenses are recognized when the related liability is incurred. Revenue Recognition Property tax revenues are recognized as revenue when they become available. Available means then due, or past due and receivable within the current peri- od, or expected to be collected soon enough thereafter to be used to pay liabilities of the current period. All other revenues are recognized throughout the year when cash is received. Receipts during the fifteen days immediately following the close of the fis- cal year are also recognized as available revenue In applying the susceptible to accrual concept to intergovernmental revenues, the legal and contractual requirements of the numerous individual programs are used as guidance. There are, however, essentially two types of these revenues. In one, monies must be expended on the specific purpose or project before any amounts will be paid to the Town, therefore, revenues are recog- nized based upon the expenditures recorded. In the other, monies are virtu- ally unrestricted as to purpose of expenditure and are usually revocable only for failure to comply with prescribed compliance requirements. These re- sources are reflected as revenues at the time of receipt or earlier if the susceptible to accrual criteria is met. Expenses Expenditures are recorded during the year on a cash disbursement basis. In addition, as required by Massachusetts General Laws, disbursements made dur- ing the fiften days immediately following the close of each fiscal year and which pertain to the prior year are recorded as expenses as of June 30th. Purchase orders outstanding at June 30th related to annual operating expenses are recorded as encumbrances and, accordingly, as a reservation of fund bal- ances at that date. GAAP Basis Amounts - Property taxes on the combined statement of revenues and expenditures - budget and actual - general and revenue sharing funds (exhibit 3) has been stated on full accrual basis. Property taxes, as reported on the GAAP basis statements have been adjusted as follows: -71- Property Taxes Actual $5,679,635.24 Add: Property taxes committed as of June 30, 1984 but not collected within sixty (60) days after the end of that fiscal year 59,075.00 Property taxes actual adjusted to a budgetary (non-GAAP) basis $5,620,560.24 2. Departures from Generally Accepted Accounting Principles During 1981, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts issued a revised uniform municipal accounting system entitled "U.M.A.S." The departures from 6. A. A. P. under this revised system have been significantly narrowed. The Town has adopted the re- vised uniform municipal accounting system entitled U.M.A.S. since 1981. The significant departures from G.A.A.P. included in the Town of Ipswich's finan- cial statements are: A. Retirement benefits are provided for on a "pay-as-you-go" basis rather than an acceptable actuarial cost method (note 8). B. General fund fixed asset acquisitons are recorded as expenditures at the time purchases are made rather than being capitalized in a general fixed asset group of accounts . C. Purchases for materials and supplies inventories are recorded as expenditures rather than assets at the time of purchase. 3. Deferred Revenue Property taxes and other revenues that are measurable but not available have been classified as deferred revenue on June 30, 1984 as follows: Outstanding property taxes June 30, 1984 $70,806.30 Less: Collections July and August, 1984 59,075.00 $ 11,731.30 Motor vehicle, boat and farm excise net of collections from July 01 to July 15, 1984 amounting to $44,067.01 429,405.67 Tax Liens 34,261.11 Departmental s-general fund 634.82 Departmental s-special revenue fund 46,742.93 Apportioned and suspended special assessments 108,448.35 Committed interest 1,732 .13 $632,956.31 ' Provision for Property Tax Abatements and Exemptions Provisions for property tax abatements and exemptions are established for each annual tax levy as prescribed by statute. The primary intent is to provide for these potential refunds or allowances during the year in which the tax would otherwise be due and collected. Excessive amounts no longer necessary are trans- ferred to fund balance reserved for extraordinary or unforeseen expenses as pre- scribed by the Massachusetts General Laws. Statutory provision for abatements and exemptions on June 30, 1984 are as follows Tax Levy of 1984 $193,164.41 Tax Levy of 1983 98,824.06 Tax Levy of 1982 58,228.43 Tax Levy of 1981 21,472.77 Tax Levy of 1980 16,514.76 Tax Levy of 1979 20,025.34 -72- Tax Levy of 1978 18,740.84 Tax Levy of 1977 15,039.77 Tax Levy of 1976 18,000.09 Tax Levy of 1974 127.38 Tax Levy of 1974 906.31 Tax Levy of 1972 62.72 $461,106.88 Reserve for Extraordinary or Unforeseen Expenses The balance in this account represents the transfer of excess amounts from the "Provision for Abatement and Exemption" accounts. This account was previously known or classified as "Overlay Surplus" to be appropriated by town meeting vote for extraordinary or unforeseen expenses in accordance with Chapter 59, Section 25, Massachusetts General Laws. Reserve for Encumbrances The balance in this account is made up of current and prior years unexpended appropriations carried forward. Unreserved Fund Balance - Designated Certain budgetary surpluses and deficits must, according to the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, be utilized to reduce or be raised in the next subsequent tax rate. These items have been included within the unreserved fund balance pursuant to G.A.A.P. but have been connoted as designated for identifica- tion purposes. These items included the following: REVENUE SPECIAL CAPITAL GENERAL SHARING REVENUE PROJECTS FUND FUND FUND FUND TRUST FUND Designated to reduce the 1985 tax levy $933,678.72 $305,200.00 $18,169.00 $7,212.33 $29,252.00 State and County over (under) assessments, net (3,257.39) Appro, deficits (113,577.38) $816,843.96 $305,200.00 $18,169.00 $7,212.33 $29,252.00 The amount designated to reduce the 1985 tax levy was voted from avail ble funds by town meeting during the spring 1984 Annual Town Meeting. State and County over/underassessments, net, result from an excess of amounts raised in the tax levy of the current year as compared to the actual expenditures made for such purposes. These amounts will be utilized to reduce the 1985 tax levy. They are comprised of the following: Overassessments: County Assessment tax - 1984 $ .39 State Assessment for Recreation 2,522.00 State Assessment for Ipswich Watershed 20.00 State Assessment for Cape Ann Transit 248.00 State Assessment for Mosquito Control 2,340.00 $4,130.39 Underestimates: State Assessment for Special Education (428.00) State Assessment for Auditing Municipal Accounts (1.00) State Assessment for Air Pollution (444.00) (873.00) $3,257.39 -73- Appropriation deficits resulted from expenditures of the accounts listed that exceeded their appropriation during the fiscal year. Gasoline Tank Expenses $ 69,691.02 Snow and Ice Control - Expenses 40,386.36 Court Judgement 3,500.00 = $113,577.38 Pension Plans Substantially, all employees of the Town, except school teachers and certain other school department employees are members of the Essex County Retirement System. The pension plan provides retirement benefits for members who have attained a certain age and for periods of service. Members contribute certain percentages of their salaries or wages to the plan. In addition, the Massachu- setts Division of Insurance determines an amount, each year, that the Town must contribute to the system in order to meet that year's projected benefit payment. The Town's contribution to the system for the year eneded June 30, 1984 amounted to $491,755.00. This so called "pay-as-you-go" method does not provide for the funding of any unfunded liabilities that might exist as a result of an actuarial determination of the fiscal condition of the plan. The amount of the unfunded liability of the Essex County Retirement System is actuarialy determined periodically and reported to the Town by the Massachusetts Retirement Law Commission. The most recent actuarial valuation was prepared as of January 01, 1979. At that date, the actuarialy computed value of unfunded pension benefits attributable to the Town of Ipswich amounted to $5,856,650. Teachers and certain administrative employees of the School Department participate in a contributory retirement plan administered by the Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement Board. The Town does not contribute to this plan. Unemployment Compensation The Town is on the reimbursable method for paying unemployment compensation. Under the reimbursable method, the Massachusetts Employment Security Division sends a list quarterly to the community of who has received benefits. The com- munity then reimburses the Massachusetts Employment Security Divison for these claims against the Town. Workmen's Compensation The Town insures its workers with Utica National Insurance Company, which com- putes its premium by estimating the Town's payroll and utilizing the rates per hundred established by the State Division of Insurance. Vacation and Sick Pay Employees earn vacation and sick leave as they provide services. Vacation accum- ulation is limited to the current year. Sick leave accumulates for various groups of employees based upon the respective collective bargaining agreements. Sick leave accumulates at the rate of one and one-quarter days per month. Maxi- mum sick leave accumulation is 150 days for firefighters, 165 days for policemen, and 165 days for all other town employees. The cost of vacation and sick leave benefits is accounted for as an operation expenditure of the general fund, when paid. Sick leave benefits are paid only when taken and, therefore, not paid to employees upon termination. The accumulated sick leave benefits on June 30, 1984 have not been determined. Summary of Long-Term Debt A. Long-Term Debt Transactions Bonds payable on June 30, 1984 amounting to $1,241,200 are secured by the general revenue raising powers of the Town which are restricted by the enact- -74- ment of legislation during 1980. This legislation is best known as Proposi- tion 2b* B. Annual Debt Service Principal and interest payments due in future years relating to debt outstand' ing on June 30, 1984 are listed below: TOTAL FISCAL YEAR PRINCIPAL INTEREST REQUIREMENT 1985 $290,000.00 $ 56,053.00 T~ 346,053.00 1986 204,200.00 37,103.90 241,303.90 1987 149,000.00 23,486.50 172,486.50 1988 149,000.00 13,358.75 162,358.75 1989 71,500.00 3,427.75 74,927.75 1990 10,000.00 290.00 10,290.00 $873,700.00 $133,719.90 IT ,007,419.90 *The following is a summary of the long-term debt transactions, Town of Ipswich for the year ended June 30, 1984: -75- sis c u • * m — ' " H •0 1 8 8 m f\ * <^ ,H r-> III 88 CM O 8 8 § ™ «s r» Ov CM m oo CM m 00 O O Q O Q So o o o o m o © o o m «*» p o 8888 s 8 o o o o m 00 oi m in 00 ci *-' m 88 m o 888 O O m O O- Oi| tn| o p Q o o © © © o o o o o* © o r>" N« 00 <J o o p O «M © 8 8 o o Ol Ol Ol • a • . <r> oi o o. «» On r»- <o -3- O O i». 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CL ft) t/1 UJ a to c o. 4) CO Ed rj c CO r3 -o h ' & ^-i 3 c n. 1 4-1 U ^i eu Cw 3 O CL, o co <-) J CL, -90- ****** BURLEY EDUCATION FUND Balance on Hand January 01, 1984 $22,519.65 Income from Funds for Year 1984 as follows: Interest: Ipswich Co-operative Bank/Money Market Certificate 2,222.28 Expenditures for the Year 1984 as follows: Apple Computer, Inc. (Computer System For Doyon Memorial School)... 1,700.00 Balance on Hand January 01, 1985 as follows: Ipswich Co-operative Bank Money Market Certificate 23,041.93 Respectfully submitted, V. James DiFazio, Treasurer ****** FEOFFEES OF THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL Balance, July 01, 1983 $ 7,030.49 Cash Received 213,582.32 220,612.81 Expenditures 205,404.69 Balance, June 30, 1984 1 15,208.12 Little Neck, valued at $2,030,560.00 Buildings - Community Center & Barn 33,090.00 Cash in First National Bank of Ipswich 15,208.12 On Deposit - Ipswich Savings Bank $5,801.49 Interest 537.87 6,339.36 On Deposit - Ipswich Savings Bank 7,595.75 Interest 227.78 7,823.53 On Deposit - Ipswich Savings Bank 1,886.48 Interest 57.97 1,944.45 On Deposit - Ipswich Co-operative Bank 13,207.51 Savings Certificates - Ipswich Savings Bank 24,360.34 Ipswich Co-operative Bank 2,233.76 $2,134,767.07 SCHEDULE I CASH RECEIPTS July 01, 1983 - June 30, 1984 Rents & Land Taxes $ 78,341.01 Building Taxes 120,904.06 Late Payment Interest & Miscellaneous 2,736.73 201,981.80 Transfer Certificate 12,329.79 214,311.59 Less Bad Checks 729.27 $213,582.32 -91- SCHEDULE A RECONCILIATION OF CASH BALANCE Balance, July 01, 1983 $ 7,030.49 Cash Receipts - Schedule I 213,582.32 220,612.81 Expenditures - Schedule II 205,404.69 $ 15,208.12 SCHEDULE II EXPENDITURES July 01, 1983 - June 30, 1984 Taxes - Town of Ipswich $181,207 .93 Repairs & Upkeep - Water $7,279.48 Wharf 743.60 Community Center 331.81 Playground 661.63 Tree Work 2,594.20 Hot Topping Road 421.11 12,031 .83 Salaries & Expenses - Salaries 4,750.00 Transportation 1,800.00 Police 2,574.00 Legal 600.00 Telephone 149.33 Meetings & Dinners 289 . 60 Office Supplies 276.00 Insurance 1,726.00 12,164 .93 $205,404 .69 -92- IPSWICH PUBLIC LIBRARY 3 2122 00162 131 1 KeiOTM'HOIMSdl >- IS NIVW ON SZ § ^ Aawan onand HoiMSdi yH j— - en g CO 0- PRINTING & BINDING BY ROWLEY PRINTING, INC. 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